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NPB Player Blogs in English

by Patrick Newman (Aug 26, 2008)

Following up on last week's post on blogs by Japanese NPB players, here's a quick rundown of blogs that are written in English by foreign-born NPB players. The selection is thinner, but there are a few good ones out there.

Of course, the best English content on NPB is maintained by fans - namely Deanna, Simon, the Tsubamegun guys, EWC, and the community at JapaneseBaseball.com. But I think just about 100% of the visitors to this blog are already familiar with those excellent sites, so let's move on to the player's blogs.

  • By far the most insightful and entertaining of the lot is CJ Nitkowski's blog. CJ, if you're reading this, well done!
  • Another left-handed reliever, Hanshin's Jeff Williams is good for about one post a month in his blog. Jeff is one of the longer-tenured gaijin players in NPB, and that shows through in his writing.
  • Giants closer Marc Kroon has a blog as well, but hasn't updated it in a while.
  • Yet another reliever, Nippon Ham closer Michael Nakamura has a blog on ballplayers.jp, where a number of notable players maintain blogs.
  • Finally a batter: Alex Ramirez's site isn't so much of a blog as a photo gallery, and as you might expect the photos are very Rami-centric. Note the Engrish in the page title.
  • Bobby Valentine has got to be the most fan-friendly manager in Japan right now, and accordingly mantains his blog in English and Japanese. I'm not aware of another NPB manager having a blog, but I could be off on that.
  • And least but not quite least, it's worth mentioning Brad "the Animal" Leslie's site. Animal pitched for in Japan for a few years after his stint in the big leagues, then retired to a career in the nutty Japanese game shows that eventually made it to American cable.

Anyone know of any others that I'm missing?


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