After a short break from writing, I'm back with a few highlights from my weekend reading. I've been enjoying Sanspo's Baseball Photo Ranking lately.
The next big piece of content I have on tap for NPB Tracker is (surprise) an essay on the Junichi Tazawa situation. Look out for that in the next day or two.
- Construction of the new Hiroshima Citizen's Stadium is underway, and you can follow its progress on this blog. Thanks to Erik Schullstrom for the link.
- Nippon Ham Fighters starter Ryan Glynn has a 28-inning scoreless streak going.
- Who says Japanese players don't play hard? Here's a shot of Yakult's Masakazu Fukukawa taking out Yomiuri's Shigeyuki Furuki on a slide into second base.
- Yokohama's teenage righthander Atori made his first career appearance and hit 94 mph on the gun.
- The Eneos Industrial League team will be travelling to Brazil to play a seven-game exhibition series with Brazil's national team to commerate 100 years of Japanese immigration to Brazil. I think this is great, I'd love to see baseball expand more deeply into Brazil.
- Obligatory Junichi Tazawa item: here's a blogger who couldn't care less if Tazawa skips NPB. "A guy who wants to go to the Majors can go. That's it." Well said.
- Hanshin has won a number of games in walk-off fashion recently, here are some YouTube clips of the team's win on Sept 11: Jeff Williams shuts down Yakult in the top of the ninth, K'ing Norichika Aoki for the final out, Shinjiro Hiyama and Ikuro Katsuragi start the comeback, Akihiro Yano ties the game, and Makoto Imaoka wins it.
- Wayne Graczyk gives us a little insight into what makes fireballing Giants closer Marc Kroon tick.