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Dec 25, 2009



For watching games, @spartiecat occasionally posts streaming links. Past links usually work for future games too (until the account gets banned)

There's also this japanese stream aggregator, which usually fills up with streams when games are going on. Unfortunately some of them are passworded but a lot aren't.

Central League games are usually pretty easy to find but some Pacific League teams don't have many or any people streaming.

OrangeKing posted:

I was going to ask why the standings in previous years had so many ties -- I knew the 12-inning rule, but that shouldn't ever give a team 15 ties in a 144 game season -- but I didn't know the "or if the game goes too late" rule. That makes the standings a little more sensible.

The time rule was put into place for two seasons following the earthquake to conserve power (games were called if the inning ended after 3h30m) but it seems to have been rescinded - the Chiba Lotte Marines started this season with back to back 12th inning walkoff wins which both took nearly five hours.

The game time led to a funny situation last year where, with the game tied in the bottom of the 10th inning with 3:25 on the game clock, a Lotte player took a lap around the catcher and ump after every pitch because the other team was at the top of their batting order and Lotte were in the middle. Unfortunately the inning ended up ending with 3:29 elapsed so it went to the 11th where they lost.

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Pander posted:

Man, gently caress tradition. I want to see MLB catch up to Japan in terms of mascots and logos. They are LIGHT YEARS ahead of us in terms of making awesome/adorable mascots.

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Dec 25, 2009



If you know Japanese (or can bumble through an internet translation well enough to figure out how to navigate), http://baseballdata.jp/ has up to date stats, much more detailed than the NPB site.

Funkysauce posted:

OK, who should I root for? I am a Mets fan so I need choking, terrible contracts and an awful front office! I was thinking about Chiba Lotte Marines just because when I was in Tokyo in 2005 Bobby V was the manager and they won.

The Marines were 1st in the PL going into interleague play last season, and then ended up going something like .350 over the last 70 games to finish in 5th. If it's possible to choke over half a season, that was it.

No terrible contracts but they keep wasting import slots on useless pitchers, I guess that's close!

Also there was the saga in the offseason where the team president said they were sticking with their manager, then the next day said they weren't going to offer him an extension, then a week later said surprise, he actually has a year left on his contract (did we say it was two years? It was totally three, my bad), then ended up firing him anyway. I'll put that as a check for awful front office.

fisting by many fucked around with this message at Apr 6, 2013 around 03:05

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Dec 25, 2009



Just got home and Watanabe was in for Lotte?

He's a submarine pitcher that hasn't been very effective for the last two years because his pitches are in the 55 to 80 mph range (I am not making that up) and he serves up far too many floaters right down the middle. I'm actually surprised to see him go 7.

He's entertaining to watch though (when he's not getting shelled)

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Dec 25, 2009



Former fringe MLBer and serial catcher murderer Josh Whitesell homered on three consecutive at-bats last night. Which is one more homer than he had in all 142 of his MLB plate appearances.

Incidentally, Yakyu Baka is a good site for news & game summaries for english-speaking NPB fans.

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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.

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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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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 )

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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.

fisting by many fucked around with this message at May 17, 2013 around 21:54

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Dec 25, 2009



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

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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

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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!

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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)

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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.)

fisting by many fucked around with this message at Jul 18, 2013 around 22:18

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Dec 25, 2009



http://www.justin.tv/gyon_hd607ch#/w/6206656992

The home run derby is about to start. There's a derby before each all-star game between 4 players. The actual game begins in one hour.

Today's contestants are Tony Blanco, Shinnosuke Abe, Andruw Jones, and Sho Nakata.

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Dec 25, 2009



That was a repeat, the derby ended 30 minutes ago.

5 home runs on 37 swings. Or 2 in 28 if you don't count Blanco.

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Dec 25, 2009



It's in Sapporo Dome actually.

There's a lot of domes in Japan.

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Dec 25, 2009



Crazy Ted posted:

Ah. I thought one of the games each year was in the Tokyo Dome.

EDIT: Japanese commercials are adorable.

It's possible. A few teams play games in multiple stadiums.

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Dec 25, 2009



Japan has advanced past sabermetrics. The next thing is video game stats.

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Dec 25, 2009



Ohtani's looked pretty good (He's just in for the 5th). Crowd went nuts when he threw 157, haha.

e: as soon as I say that he gives up back to back hits

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Dec 25, 2009



Daisuke Miura is pitching now. He said before the game that he was going to attempt an 80 km/h curveball, and that he had been practicing.

And he did! A beautiful lob that resulted in a swinging strike. Not sure how fast it really was because it was too slow for the speed tracker -- it was recorded at 22 km/h.

e: And again! This time resulting in a grounder right back to him, and again too slow for the tracker. Surprisingly effective!

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Dec 25, 2009



http://www.justin.tv/papa3s/

Game 2. Balentien and Nakata combined for 11 home runs in the first heat of the derby.

Ok they must have changed the ball or given them corked bats or something because compared to game 1 this is krazy.

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Dec 25, 2009



Wladimir Balentien hit his 40th home run in the Swallows' 98th game. Only Sadaharu Oh and Randy Bass reached that mark faster -- both in 97 games.

The NPB record is 55 in one season, infamously held by Oh. It seems like there's a good chance it may be broken, especially as Balentien missed the first 12 games.

Mind you, it'll still be controversial if he does break it, due to the new standard ball.

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Dec 25, 2009



Well you sure picked a hell of a game to go to.

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Dec 25, 2009



Marines vs. Lions is a slaughter. 15-0 after the 3rd.

The Lions made a pitching change with the bases loaded, 1 out. The guy who came in gave up two grand slams in the inning

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Dec 25, 2009



I don't think that really had anything to do with it. Hitting around the league is comparable to pre-2011 levels. It's more that the 2011/2012 ball was especially dead, not that the 2013 ball is especially juiced.

The scandal was Kato being completely ignorant about the ball having changed despite the obvious discrepancy in hitting stats between 2012 and 2013 (and, y'know, being in charge of the drat league)

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Dec 25, 2009



I think this guy usually streams Tigers games. And this guy usually streams Carp games. So odds are at least one of them will have it. If not check the related streams during game time and it might be there too.

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Dec 25, 2009



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Dec 25, 2009



Huge game for Lotte and Seibu. http://www.justin.tv/miyamu2/

They will play each other in the first round of the climax series, but the winner of this game will have home field.

The atmosphere is like a postseason game.

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Dec 25, 2009



Fooly Cooly 25 posted:

Also, I didn't forgive them for letting Blanco go.

Me neither

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Dec 25, 2009



He had some soreness and took a few games off but played the last two. Yes, he finished with 60.

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Dec 25, 2009



Climax Series starts tonight! Both are day games, Seibu-Lotte starts at 10pm PST and Hanshin-Carp starts one hour later.

I think the only team that has any chance at all of pulling off an upset to advance to the Nippon Series is Seibu, they've been hot lately (8 wins in a row). Although I'm cheering for my Marines to beat them and earn the right to get trampled by Rakuten

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Dec 25, 2009



wait I got the times wrong it's on now

Marines-Lions http://www.justin.tv/miyamu2/

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Dec 25, 2009



Carp vs. Tigers starting now
http://www.justin.tv/baseballls
http://www.justin.tv/honofunicarp

Marines lead 4-0

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Dec 25, 2009



And Hanshin is gone. Hiroshima takes the series 2-0 and will face the Giants in the climax series final.

The Pacific league first stage is still up for grabs -- Seibu rebounded from their 11-1 slaughter by Lotte with a 15-0 thrashing, so we'll have a Game 3 tomorrow. Maybe it'll even be close this time!

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Ryoji posted:

Go, Carps, Go!

What do you think are the odds that Hiroshima will win against the Giants?

Pretty drat slim, given that not only is Yomiuri a pretty good team (by the way they went 14-8-2 vs. Hiroshima this season) but that they will play every game at home and begin the series with a 1 game advantage. (In the NPB, finishing 1st in the regular season means something)

There's also the matter of the rotation -- finishing 1st also gets you a bye so Yomiuri's pitchers are all rested, whereas Hiroshima is considering using their ace Kenta Maeda on four days rest so he can be used again if it goes to Game 6.

The Climax Series is more of a "let's do something slightly more interesting than just having the regular season champion go straight to the Nippon Series" (which is what the league did for several decades up until 2004) rather than "just get in and anything can happen". Only one #1 seed has been upset over the five years this playoff format has been in use (Although the Dragons came close last year, winning the first three games against Yomiuri to go up 3-1 before losing three straight)

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Dec 25, 2009



Game 3 between Lotte and Seibu just started. Winner goes on.

They traded blowouts in the first two games (11-1 and 15-0) so... I don't know what to expect but it should be good!

http://www.justin.tv/miyamu2

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Dec 25, 2009



Goodbye Seibu! The Chiba Lotte Marines are moving on!!

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