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mikeycp
Nov 24, 2010

I've changed a lot since I started hanging with Sonic, but I can't depend on him forever. I know I can do this by myself! Okay, Eggman! Bring it on!

Also known as Industrial League.
Unless that's something different and I'm completely wrong. That is a very real possibility.

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Basil Hayden
Oct 9, 2012

1921!


mikeycp posted:

Also known as Industrial League.
Unless that's something different and I'm completely wrong. That is a very real possibility.

The Industrial League is some kind of unaffiliated amateur thing with a million teams in it, although evidently a good number of NPB players spent some time there first.

Funkysauce
Sep 18, 2005
...and what about the kick in the groin?


That's really helpful. I had no idea that was the way of things and just assumed it would be like here (US). That's my fault. I could have saved a night of frustration if I knew this!

Oh well.

Really digging the Rakuten selection though, especially that throwback Yakult. Gonna grab that for my brother! Sold out.

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Uncle Jam
Aug 20, 2005

Perfect


I have a Hanshin Tiger's jersey and some other things, I believe their fans are considered the rowdiest but being Japan I have no idea what that really means.

Unfortunately I haven't been to a game yet because when I'm in the area its all star break or the playoffs or something equally lame.

fisting by many
Dec 25, 2009



Uncle Jam posted:

I have a Hanshin Tiger's jersey and some other things, I believe their fans are considered the rowdiest but being Japan I have no idea what that really means.

The Curse of the Colonel should tell you everything you need to know.

mikeycp
Nov 24, 2010

I've changed a lot since I started hanging with Sonic, but I can't depend on him forever. I know I can do this by myself! Okay, Eggman! Bring it on!

The Curse of the Colonel is one of my favorite Baseball Things.
It's up there somewhere with the Bat Theft Incident.

Anyway, games should be starting in a couple hours, so I will try to find some streams to throw up here, if I'm still awake then.

mikeycp
Nov 24, 2010

I've changed a lot since I started hanging with Sonic, but I can't depend on him forever. I know I can do this by myself! Okay, Eggman! Bring it on!

I know it's the middle of the night/morning, but if for some reason you're awake still, here is some awesome baseball on right now.
Hawks @ Eagles: http://www.justin.tv/akichan2#/w/5421038160/4 || http://www.justin.tv/gyon_hd602ch#/w/5421469536
Tigers @ Giants : http://www.justin.tv/barutan4#/w/5421354480/2 || http://www.justin.tv/hideki1179#/w/5421357488/2 (Go Tigers!)
Carp @ BayStars: http://www.justin.tv/athleticsch07#/w/5421512448

All 3 at once: http://www.justin.tv/chinchikurin#/w/5421568032

e: Marines @ Ham Fighters: http://www.justin.tv/masa2012_s#/w/5420812416/6 (Go Fighters!)

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mikeycp
Nov 24, 2010

I've changed a lot since I started hanging with Sonic, but I can't depend on him forever. I know I can do this by myself! Okay, Eggman! Bring it on!

4/19 Streams (as of 2AM PST):

Giants v. Carp: http://www.justin.tv/chinchikurin#/w/5430457568
Dragons v. BayStars: http://www.justin.tv/oigatsuo_tsuyu#/w/5430485472

WHATEVS SISTER
Feb 20, 2003

Now here comes the fun part...


Rough day for Watanabe

mikeycp
Nov 24, 2010

I've changed a lot since I started hanging with Sonic, but I can't depend on him forever. I know I can do this by myself! Okay, Eggman! Bring it on!

Tonight there is Japanese baseball on at a reasonable hour!

Tigers v. BayStars: http://www.justin.tv/hideki1179#/w/5517235456 | http://www.justin.tv/yoh12345#/w/5517280224 | http://www.justin.tv/athleticsch07#/w/5517342048
Hawks v. Marines: http://www.justin.tv/gyon_hd602ch#/w/5516920864/3

Jeff Wiiver
Jul 13, 2007

So I parallel double park that mutha fucka sideways
Old folks talkin bout "Back in my day..."
But homie this is my day


Thanks for the links as always. Watching Hawks and Marines. Did they just drive in a guy from the bullpen in a car?? Awesome. Also the coach can hang out on the mound as the new pitcher warms up. That's kinda cool I guess.

SirPhoebos
Dec 10, 2007

Horned Rat-Sempai Noticed Me!


Crovie posted:

The Curse of the Colonel should tell you everything you need to know.

As a Cubs fan, I was looking for a NPB team to root for, and now I think I found it .

Also having an old ballpark too, can someone post some details on it?

EDIT: Wow, Koishien Stadium is like a Bizarro Wrigley Field

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mikeycp
Nov 24, 2010

I've changed a lot since I started hanging with Sonic, but I can't depend on him forever. I know I can do this by myself! Okay, Eggman! Bring it on!

The Tigers are awesome.
Good choice in Yakyuu Squad!

fisting by many
Dec 25, 2009



Okay something weird happened in the Eagles-Marines game.

Eagles pitcher beans Marines' hitter in the arm. Manager comes out to talk to the umpire. Then both benches clear and converge on the mound. Then the five dudes in each bullpen come out and jog across the entire field to join the discussion.

Nobody's fighting or throwing punches or even screaming at each other. They just all decided to have a pow-wow

Hopefully Yakyu Baka explains what the hell that was about because I have no clue.

e: nope the story is exactly as bizarre as I thought it was! Two of the coaches were arguing and apparently every player in the stadium needed to come watch.

Brutal end to that game though, Lotte were one out from making it 9 wins in a row with nobody on and somehow end up giving up a double with the bases loaded

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Sashimi
Dec 26, 2008


Any idea how hard it is to get tickets for Hanshin Tigers games, either at home or away? I've got a baseball nerd friend visiting me in Japan in July and August, and since we're almost certainly visiting Osaka I'd like to know if I need to plan well in advance for this sort of thing.

Also gently caress the Giants. I don't even need to know more about NPB to know they'll be as obnoxious as the Yankees.

Funkysauce
Sep 18, 2005
...and what about the kick in the groin?

Crovie posted:

Brutal end to that game though, Lotte were one out from making it 9 wins in a row with nobody on and somehow end up giving up a double with the bases loaded

God, us Mets fans have the perfect sister team, I love this team more and more!

mikeycp
Nov 24, 2010

I've changed a lot since I started hanging with Sonic, but I can't depend on him forever. I know I can do this by myself! Okay, Eggman! Bring it on!

Hawks v. Lions: http://justin.tv/gyon_hd602ch

fisting by many
Dec 25, 2009



interleague begins

Tigers v Buffaloes http://www.justin.tv/yoh12345
Eagles v BayStars http://www.justin.tv/athleticsch07 http://www.justin.tv/ogasawarayuta http://www.justin.tv/akichan2
Carp v Hawks http://www.justin.tv/charanporan http://www.justin.tv/honofunicarp
Giants v Marines http://www.justin.tv/masa2012_s/ (poo poo camcorder stream )

WHATEVS SISTER
Feb 20, 2003

Now here comes the fun part...


Sashimi posted:

Any idea how hard it is to get tickets for Hanshin Tigers games, either at home or away? I've got a baseball nerd friend visiting me in Japan in July and August, and since we're almost certainly visiting Osaka I'd like to know if I need to plan well in advance for this sort of thing.

Also gently caress the Giants. I don't even need to know more about NPB to know they'll be as obnoxious as the Yankees.
I'd be interested in any anecdotes/information about this process as well, but for the Kyojin

Monicro
Oct 21, 2010

And you could feel his features in the air
A wide smile and perfect hair
He had complete control of the rising tides
And a medicine bag hanging at his side

In the flowing blue world of the death-dealing physician


No offense to mikeycp, but is there anywhere that does more in-depth overviews of all the teams? I want to find a team to root for but I'm flying blind here.

(who am I kidding I'm going to end up rooting for the baystars because of their mascot )

mikeycp
Nov 24, 2010

I've changed a lot since I started hanging with Sonic, but I can't depend on him forever. I know I can do this by myself! Okay, Eggman! Bring it on!

Monicro posted:

No offense to mikeycp, but is there anywhere that does more in-depth overviews of all the teams? I want to find a team to root for but I'm flying blind here.

(who am I kidding I'm going to end up rooting for the baystars because of their mascot )

No offense taken. I'm definitely not pretending to be an authority on NPB.
If you or anyone else finds such an in-depth site, a link is going right up in the OP.

factorialite
Mar 3, 2008

by Lowtax


That batflip in the OP is sublime and I'm doing that in softball today if I can manage it.

What's the historically worst team in NPB? I'd like to cheer for a team, but it's gotta be the Cubs equivalent if possible.

Greg Brock
Feb 28, 2008



factorialite posted:

What's the historically worst team in NPB? I'd like to cheer for a team, but it's gotta be the Cubs equivalent if possible.

The Kintetsu Buffaloes were 3261-3720 from 1950 to 2004. They won only four Pacific League pennants in those 55 years, and they lost the Japan Series all four of those times - with three of those Series going to seven games. In 1989, the Buffs won the first three games of the Japan Series against the mighty (and hated) Giants, only to lose the last four.

Then, Kintetsu merged with the Orix BlueWave (Ichiro Suzuki's old team) before the 2005 season. They retained the "Buffaloes" name, but I believe the history they've retained is that of the BlueWave (as well as the Orix/Hankyu Braves before them).

The Buffaloes' record in the nine years since the merger is 502-598. They have not won a pennant or a Japan Series in that time.

Despite their remarkable futility, the Buffaloes have had some wonderful players - such as Charlie Manuel (yep, THAT one; the manager of the Phillies), Daijiroh Ohishi, Hideyuki Awano, Kazuyoshi Ono, Ralph Bryant, Hideo Nomo, Karl "Tuffy" Rhodes, Norihiro Nakamura, Eiji Mizuguchi, Kazuhisa Suzuki, Phil Clark, and Yoshiaki Kanemura.

They had an incredible manager in the late 80's and early 90's; a guy named Akira Ohgi. Ohgi was Japan's version of the "Most Interesting Man in the World". He passed away in 2005.

I mentioned Ralph Bryant. I am an L.A. Dodger fan. Bryant came from the Dodger organization and signed with the Buffaloes in 1988. He did some things while he was there. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frWsJz7Ijs0 Bryant was the ultimate feast-or-famine hitter, striking out in about 40% of his at-bats. Ralph Bryant started me on the path of Buffs' fandom.

I can't quit the Buffaloes. I have been a fan of them for almost 25 years.

The Buffs just got out of last place in the P.L. the other day. Their record is 16-20. They have a trio of fine pitchers, such as Brandon Dickson (formerly with the Cardinals), Chihiro Kaneko, and Matsuba Takahiro. They have some good hitters, like Korean Dae-ho Lee, Venezuelan Aarom Baldiris, and Racine, Wisconsin's own Vinny Rottino (who was last seen with the Indians). They always seem to be a talented bunch, always ready to burst forth and go on a run, but fall short.

If you want to claim this team as your own, you now know what you're getting yourself into. But, unlike the Cubs, the Buffaloes can ALWAYS use more fans.

mikeycp
Nov 24, 2010

I've changed a lot since I started hanging with Sonic, but I can't depend on him forever. I know I can do this by myself! Okay, Eggman! Bring it on!

factorialite posted:

That batflip in the OP is sublime and I'm doing that in softball today if I can manage it.

What's the historically worst team in NPB? I'd like to cheer for a team, but it's gotta be the Cubs equivalent if possible.

The Carp are pretty bad. For a while they've been the team farthest from winning any sort of title. From 1975 to 1991 or so they were doing pretty good, and actually winning pennants, and even a couple consecutive Japan Series, but everything before or after that period has been pretty miserable. Lately they haven't been able to get above 3rd in their division.

mikeycp
Nov 24, 2010

I've changed a lot since I started hanging with Sonic, but I can't depend on him forever. I know I can do this by myself! Okay, Eggman! Bring it on!

So, this happened in Japan's version of today.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWC1yIzLHzU

Pander
Oct 9, 2007

Fear is the glue that holds society together. It's what makes people suppress their worst impulses. Fear is power.

And at the end of fear, oblivion.


Walk-off grandslam from down 3, with that batting stance.

That's awesome.

fisting by many
Dec 25, 2009



no that was terrible shut up

To be fair though the Marines were gifted two runs earlier (grounder to short with the bases loaded and 2 out was erroneously called safe at first and the pitcher then walked the next batter). I guess that's karma or something.

Also Yakult's starter, Ishikawa, gave up home runs on consecutive pitches in the 2nd. A pretty entertaining game all around.

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fisting by many
Dec 25, 2009



Marines just scored a run on a wild pitch off the catcher's face

fisting by many
Dec 25, 2009



Tigers @ Marines http://www.justin.tv/gyon_hd607ch
BayStars @ Hawks http://www.justin.tv/oigatsuo_tsuyu
Giants @ Eagles http://www.justin.tv/yoh12345 (bad quality)
Carp @ Lions http://www.justin.tv/honofunicarp

Bip Roberts
Mar 29, 2005




Crovie posted:

Marines just scored a run on a wild pitch off the catcher's face



Well I fell better that it wasn't scored a passed ball.

fisting by many
Dec 25, 2009



So far this year NPB teams are scoring 0.74 homers per game.

Last season they scored an average of 0.51 homers/game, the Giants homered the most with 0.65/game.

So if Japan's legendary lack of home runs was turning you off from exciting puro yakyu action, good news!

Navaash
Aug 15, 2001

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Sashimi posted:

Any idea how hard it is to get tickets for Hanshin Tigers games, either at home or away? I've got a baseball nerd friend visiting me in Japan in July and August, and since we're almost certainly visiting Osaka I'd like to know if I need to plan well in advance for this sort of thing.
In August? There aren't many almost no games to choose from because the team goes on a gigantic away trip during that time because of the aforementioned Japanese High School Baseball Championship. They're the only team in the entire league saddled with this handicap and it's gotten its own nickname: 死のロード (Road Trip of Death).

For example, look at this page. Those "home" games in the middle of the month are all played at Kyocera Dome in downtown Osaka, which is usually the Buffaloes' home turf. Only the games on the 1st, the 30th, and the 31st are played at Koshien.

This handicap, combined with some of their players siphoned off to the Olympics in 2008, probably contributed to their mighty choke in the 2008 season where they were running away with the division (the Giants were 13 games back IN JULY) to the point where the magic number was being bandied about, then when August started they just lost game after game and eventually the Giants caught them in the very last week of the season to win the division by 2 games.

Outside of that, Tigers games often sell out. Plan ahead. This page has ticket availability - as you can see today's game is already sold out, and if you look at next month the 6/8 and 6/9 games vs. Lotte are close to a sellout.

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SporkOfTruth
Sep 1, 2006

this kid walked up to me and was like man schmitty your stache is ghetto and I was like whatever man your 3b look like a dishrag.

he was like damn.


Crovie posted:

So far this year NPB teams are scoring 0.74 homers per game.

Last season they scored an average of 0.51 homers/game, the Giants homered the most with 0.65/game.

So if Japan's legendary lack of home runs was turning you off from exciting puro yakyu action, good news!

The guys on the Japan Baseball Weekly Podcast have been speculating that Mizuno has done something to juice the balls.

Whatever it is, it let Lastings Milledge crush a doozy yesterday, so I'll take it.

Stiev Awt
Mar 20, 2007



It let the Carp smash a three run, a two run, and almost a solo shot homer. Hell yeah I'm down.

Crazy Ted
Jul 29, 2003



SporkOfTruth posted:

The guys on the Japan Baseball Weekly Podcast have been speculating that Mizuno has done something to juice the balls.
That would be downright understandable considering how much of a nosedive offense has taken in NPB over the past few years. Or if all else fails, old-fashioned aluminum bats!

Graviolies
Mar 23, 2004



Oh nice, I didn't notice this thread! I've been diving into the NPB this year (Go Buffaloes!) The Buffaloes getting Itoi is almost sad though as he's having a career year on a .500 team but hey he's fun to watch. I've been an NPB casual fan ever since renting Jikkyō Powerful Pro Yakyū on N64 years ago.

Also for live feeds I usually go here and some of the channels have them on: http://www.fengyunzhibo.com/space/japan.htm

Also seeing Matt loving Murton break Ichiro's hit record is really loving weird.

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fisting by many
Dec 25, 2009



Lions v Swallows http://www.justin.tv/b91660005
Carp v Hawks http://www.justin.tv/gyon_hd602ch http://www.justin.tv/gyon_hd607ch
Eagles v BayStars http://www.justin.tv/ogasawarayuta
Marines v Giants http://www.justin.tv/yoh12345 http://www.justin.tv/masa2012_s/

Those will probably work for tomorrow's games too which are all at a more reasonable time for westerners (9p or 10p PDT)

SporkOfTruth
Sep 1, 2006

this kid walked up to me and was like man schmitty your stache is ghetto and I was like whatever man your 3b look like a dishrag.

he was like damn.


Being a Swallows fan this year is like having a hot poker driven slowly into your abdomen. Tonight, they're down 2-1 in the top of the 9th, 2 out to Seibu. 2 strikes on Wlad Balentien and he drills a monster shot into the left field seats of Seibu Dome! Huzzah, success might be around the corner!

Aaand then the Lions walkoff on a long fly to centerfield off an inside fastball that tailed just a bit back over the plate. Tony Barnette was clearly pushing to come back inside after a tight ball 3 call on the outside, but forcing a pitch like that is guaranteed to float back over the plate somehow.

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fisting by many
Dec 25, 2009



poo poo is going down in puro yakyu.

Earlier this week, NPB commissioner Ryozo Kato finally admitted that yes the balls were different after everyone had realized something was up with the insane increase in offense and after denying it up to this point.

The announcement coming in the middle of the season has enraged fans (especially as Kato is now claiming he, to this point, earnestly believed the ball had not changed), to the point that thousands of fans are contacting the league office and many are demanding resignation.

There's also the matter that it affects players who may have signed contracts with performance bonuses based on the 2011/2012 ball.

quote:

Sponichi: Did you not think something was wrong after looking at the data?

Kato: Japanese players are good at making adjustments, so I thought they, with the help of other things like bats, were slowly getting used to the standard ball. I placed a lot of faith in the talent of pro yakyu players.



It seems like this is mostly the fault of NPB secretary general Kunio Shimoda, who contacted Mizuno about changing the baseballs in September and declined to make an announcement. The official story is that Kato was not informed at all, but that's crazy.

quote:

Timeline of events according to what the NPB mentioned during the press conference on Wednesday:

September 10, 2012 - Mizuno and NPB begin discussing the possibility of making adjustments to the standard baseball

September 14, 2012 - Confirmation that the time limit on baseball orders for the 2013 season is mid-October.

October 4, 2012 - Shimoda provides Mizuno with an explanation of the order. Shimoda decides not to make an announcement in order to prevent confusion. Knowledge of the change was limited to three people in the NPB office: Shimoda and two other officials.

Early February 2013 - Switch-over from old to new standard baseball begins.

March 2013 in the middle of exhibition game schedule - Receives update that the switch-over from old to new is complete.

The first three articles here cover it thoroughly: http://yakyubaka.com/tag/standard-baseball/

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Dec 25, 2009



The all-star series starts tonight (7pm JST, 3am PDT). Game 1 is at Sapporo Dome, the Fighters' home, and Shohei Otani will be getting some time as both a relieving pitcher and an outfielder (He alternates between starting pitcher and RF for the Fighters.)

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