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What is a "modasho"?
Re: Modasho?
[ Author: westbaystars | Posted: Sep 22, 2010 8:57 AM | YBS Fan ]

Ah, been reading about Nishioka tying Ichiro's record of 26 modasho in a season? [Yakyu Baka]

Put simply, you know how in the Majors they'll often mention when a player gets multiple hits in a game? Well, the bar is set a little higher in Japan. 3 hits or more in a game is a modasho.

Looking a little more deeply, modasho is composed of three characters:
  • 猛 (もう - mou): fierce, rave, rush, become furious, wildness, strength
  • 打 (だ - da): strike, hit, knock, pound, dozen
  • 賞 (しょう - shou): prize, reward, praise
[Definitions of characters from the "Kotoba" iPhone app by Pierre-Philippe di Costanzo which is based on Jim Breen's JMdict dictionary.]

So, that makes pounding out 3 hits in a game literally the "fierce hitting award."

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