Tag: Yu Darvish
Tomokazu Oka (37) attended a tryout in Arizona in late-October. A number of MLB teams, including the Baltimore Orioles, are interested in the veteran pitcher.
Source: Nikkan Sports 11/23/2013
The Baltimore Orioles will not attempt to re-sign Tsuyoshi Wada. From MASN Sports' Roch Kubatko:
Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette confirmed today that the club won't attempt to re-sign free-agent pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada after declining to pick up his $5 million option for 2014.
... The Orioles chose not to recall Wada as rosters expanded in September, mostly because they didn't want to experiment with him while in a pennant race.
Duquette had indicated that the Orioles would attempt to re-sign Wada at a reduced rate, perhaps hoping that he'd accept a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training, but it's not going to happen. Apparently, the Orioles didn't attempt to negotiate with him.
"I think that the Wada chapter is over with the Orioles," Duquette said. "We're just going in another direction."
Source: MASN Sports 11/21/2013
The latest on Yu Darvish's back, from MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan:
... Darvish, who finished this past season experiencing inflammation in his lower back, was examined by Dr. Drew Dossett this week while in Texas and underwent an MRI. The results showed that the inflammation from the nerve irritation has subsided.
Darvish will continue with his conditioning program and be able to go through his normal offseason throwing program without any issues. He will work out in Texas for the next few days before returning to Japan.
Source: MLB.com 11/21/2013
Koji Uehara returned to Japan today. He rested for about two weeks after the end of the season before resuming workouts about a week ago.
Source: Nikkan Sports 11/21/2013
MLB Japan held an event at Ishinomaki General Sports Park today. Hisashi Iwakuma was a special guest.
Source: press release
The 2013 Cy Young Award went to the Detroit Tigers' Max Scherzer (203 points). Yu Darvish finished in second (93 points), Hisashi Iwakuma third (73 points), and Koji Uehara seventh (10 points).
Source: MLB.com 11/13/2013
Hideki Matsui has been invited by the NY Yankees to be a special instructor during spring training next year. Matsui was invited this spring as well, but declined because his wife was due to deliver.
Source: Daily Sports 11/14/2013
The Space 11 Darvish Museum in Kobe opened today at 11:11am. About 100 items are on display, including a number of life-size figures and a batting game where you can face a digitized Yu Darvish. Admission is 1,000 yen for adults, 600 yen for junior high and high school students, and 300 yen for elementary school students. Anyone younger than that gets in free.
Asahi Shimbun has also posted a video that includes some footage from inside the museum.
The latest on Yu Darvish.
From the Dallas Morning News' Evan Grant:
... If Darvish finishes first in the Cy Young voting once during 2012-16 and second through fourth once in the same time, he could void the final year of the deal. If he finishes second through once and second through fourth on two other occasions, he can also void the deal.
The latest on Masahiro Tanaka.
From CBS Sports' Jon Heyman:
Word is he has even more poise and presence than Yu Darvish, though perhaps not quite the talent. Darvish's success has to help Tanaka, though. Agent: $125M ($60M posting; 6 years, $65M). GM: $150M ($75M posting; 6 years, $75M). Me: $140M ($70M posting, $7 years, $70M).
From CBS Sports' Dayn Perry:
This year's headline import may lack the ceiling of a Yu Darvish, but Tanaka boasts polish and a sterling track record in Japan. It seems most evaluators see him as a strong no. 2 starter in an MLB rotation, and that makes him the easy choice to top this list. The posting fee will turn away some teams, but Tanaka's age of 25 -- very young by free agent standards -- adds to his already substantial appeal.
Sankei Sports has posted an interview with Munenori Kawasaki.
On this past season.
Not just this year, but all years, I am not happy with the results. Baseball is a sport of mistakes so things do not seem to go very well.
You bounced back and forth between the minors and Majors.
I was busy. But I like being busy. I was born in the year of the bird, so I love fluttering about (laughter).
Your unique phrases were becoming popular.
I owe my father and mother for bringing me up like this. This is just the way I am.
There was no interpreter?
I took English conversation classes in Japan during the off-season. I spoke to a foreign teacher one or twice a week. But when I actually got [to the US], I could not say one word.
You were not planning on getting an interpreter?
I thought I could figure things out, but things did not work out quite that well. There were times I sat through hour-long meetings and could not understand a word that was said.
What did you do?
I pretended I understood. Then I would go to the coaches later on and they would draw me pictures to help me understand. It was like, "Oh, that's what they were saying." That's what it was like.
You taught your teammates Japanese?
Things like "Iio, iio, Matsumoto Iyo." I would also say thing like "Saiko" and "Sente hissho" while sitting in the dugout in the 1st inning. Then everybody started picking up on it.
What will you do during the off-season?
I will not rest. The day after I returned to Japan, I was running dashes in the park. I will exercise on New Years day too. It's just like the way people eat. So it really is no big deal to me.
Source: Sanspo 11/7/2013
Munenori's "I am Japanese" speech was nominated for a Cut4 Topic GIBBY Award.
From October 30:
|Junichi Tazawa||BOS||10/30||STL 1
|Entered the game in the top of the 7th with the bases loaded, two out, and Boston up 6-1. (H, 2). [MLB highlight]|
|Koji Uehara||BOS||10/30||STL 1
|Entered the game in the top of the 9th with Boston up 6-1. [MLB highlight]|
The Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York presented Hideki Matsui with the Eagle on the World Award during their 29th Annual Dinner on the 30th.
Source: Nikkan Sports 10/31/2013
Tabloids caught Yu Darvish (27) on a possible date with model Malia (30).
Darvish is currently living in an apartment complex that costs about 700,000 yen to rent. Tabloids have reported in the past that golfer Miho Koga lives there as well.
At about 4:30pm on October 26, Darvish was seen leaving the apartment complex with Koga. The two climbed into the back seat of a car driven by Darvish's brother Kenta. Koga got off at Roppongi Hills and met with a friend at a kaiten sushi restaurent. According to witnesses, she was their about an hour before returning home.
Darvish got off the car at a hotel a few hundred meters away from where Koga was dropped off. Shortly after he walked into the hotel, a woman wearing a black mini skirt waved at Kenta in the car and headed toward the hotel. About an hour later, Darvish and the woman emerged from the hotel and got into the car driven by Kenta.
The second woman was fashion model Malia. She is half Indian and half Japanese. She married soccer player Hayuma Tanaka in 2001 and divorced in 2004. She re-married in 2004 (MMA fighter Norifumi Yamamoto) before once against divorcing in 2009. She bore three children in the two marriages.
Source: ZakZak 10/31/2013
Yu Darvish's younger brother, Sho Darvish, was arrested on the 15th on suspicions of causing an injury to a minor, a nineteen-year-old acquaintance, by hitting him.
According to reports, some time between October 3 and 4, Sho Darvish and three other acquaintances, between the ages eighteen and nineteen, hit and kicked a minor in the face and caused injuries that will require about two weeks to heal.
The minor appeared at a police station earlier this month with a bruise on his face. Sho Darvish was questioned by police after his name was mentioned and told officers, "I was frustrated by the guy's attitude and hit him."
Sho Darvish was arrested last February for hitting a woman in the face. He was given a four-year suspended sentence with a possible one-year prison term.
Sho Darvish made his pro debut as an MMA fighter in an Outsider tournament on September 8.
Source: Sponichi 10/16/2013
UPDATE 11/5 @ 10:05pm -
The Osaka District Prosecutor's Office in Sakai filed a disposition of non-prosecution on Sho Darvish. Reasons are currently unknown.
Source: Sponichi 11/5/2013
Yu Darvish donated US$42,000 to the Jackie Robinson Foundation.
Jackie Robinson's wife, Rachel, and daughter, Sharon, are in Japan promoting the film 42: The True Story of an American Legend. The film will open in theaters in Japan on November 1.
Rachel and Sharon Robinson also met Tatsunori Hara at Tokyo Dome on Wednesday. They have plans to watch today's game.
Masahiro Tanaka updates from Sponichi (nothing really new):
- A number of teams, including the Yankees, Red Sox, Blue Jays, Rangers, Angels, Dodgers, and Giants, are interested.
- While the Eagles consider Tanaka a very important part of their team, they feel they are in no position to get in the way of his dreams or his desire to take on new challenges.
The Space 11 Darvish Museum in Kobe will open on November 11 at 11:11am. The museum will be selling one hundred serial numbered golden balls in celebration of their grand opening.
Source: Sponichi 10/12/2013
From October 4:
|Arrived at Narita Airport in Japan on Friday. Wore a gray hooded sweatshirt with the hood up and black-rimmed glasses. He did not stop to speak to the media. [Nikkan Sports 10/5/2013]|
|Junichi Tazawa||BOS||10/4||TBR 2
|Entered the game in the top of the 8th with runners on first and second, two out, and Boston up 8-2.|
Latest on Yu Darvish, from ESPN's Todd Willis:
Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish had an injection Wednesday for a nerve issue in his lower back, and he will be re-evaluated after he returns from Japan in November.
The Rangers expect Darvish to be ready for spring training, general manager Jon Daniels said Thursday morning.
[...] Daniels said the problem started in August but that Darvish decided not to have the injection toward the end of the season because he didn't want to miss a start. The GM also said Darvish's injury is not similar to the one that caused Opening Day starter Matt Harrison to miss most of the season.
Source: ESPN 10/3/2013
And from CBS DFW Local:
[...] "He had effectively a nerve issue in his lower back that caused him to lose strength after a period of time in his right leg," said Daniels on Thursday. "When I say lose strength, that’s a relevant term. He wasn’t as powerful as he wanted to be."
According to Daniels, the problem first arose in August, though the team was not made aware of it til late in the month.
[...] Darvish traveled back to Japan on Thursday and will be reevaluated when he returns to Dallas next month.
Source: CBS DFW Local 10/3/2013