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Off The Beaten Path: Blogs

by Patrick Newman (Aug 25, 2010)

Tonight I'd like to share a couple of blogs that I read, but don't typically link to, but are interesting regardless. These aren't daily stops for me but I do keep them in my rss reader.

English Blogs:

  • I discovered Baseball Latin America earlier in the year, when it was known as the Brazilian Baseball Blog. This was a welcome discovery for me, since Brazil is a growth market for baseball and there is very little information on the topic available in English. Author Andy Loretta has broadened his focus to cover all of Latin America, but this remains the best English source of Brazilian baseball information I've found.
  • Leon Boyd is a Canadian-Dutch duel citizen who pitches for the Netherlands national baseball team, and DOOR Neptunus in the Honkbal Hoofdklasse. He maintains a blog about his experiences playing in Europe at canadutch.blogspot.com.

Japanese Blogs:

  • Torazo Yagi is an interesting guy. He was a cameraman living in Italy (Palermo, if I remember correctly), who got bored and decided to try out for the local baseball team. He made the cut and played for a couple years in Italy, then in Lithuania. He currently blogs at ameblo.jp/yagitorazo, but his previous blog has more on his time in Europe.
  • I don't have much to say about the Yokohama BayStars Rebuilding Plan blog, the title speaks for itself. I don't know of too many NPB blogs that look at roster building.
  • Another site that speaks for itself is the "New Pro Yakyu Attendance Ranking" site (in quotes because the title is translated by me). NPB attendance numbers are always a bit spurious, but this is an interesting site nonetheless.
  • Yakyu Kozo a real yakyu otaku publication, and I just found out that they have a blog site. I found this one via Twitter - I have to say that I'm find Twitter increasingly useful.

Got any more that should be on this list? Let me know about 'em.


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