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Murakami Masanori

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Murakami Masanori
Did Murakami ever play in Japan? He made a few appearances for the SF Giants in the 1960's and his numbers seem pretty good. I wondered what happened to him and if he went on to have a career in Japan.

Re: Murakami Masanori
[ Author: Guest: Jim Albright | Posted: Feb 16, 2005 11:27 AM ]

Here's a brief article which discusses his NPB career: [Link - BaseballGuru]

Jim Albright
Re: Murakami Masanori
[ Author: Guest: frankistheman | Posted: Feb 16, 2005 2:00 PM ]

Yes, with the Nankai Hawks, and the Hawks are the reason why he was forced back to Japan.
Re: Murakami Masanori
[ Author: Guest: John Brooks | Posted: Feb 17, 2005 2:57 AM ]

I'm sorry, I forgot the source of Murakami's NPB stats. [Link - Japan Baseball Daily]
Re: Murakami Masanori
[ Author: Guest: John Brooks | Posted: Feb 17, 2005 2:21 AM ]

Murakami played two years with the San Francisco Giants, the Giants and the Nankai Hawks got into a contract dispute, when the Giants wanted to keep Murakami. Murakami went on to be a pitcher in Japan, he went on to be 103-82 with 30 saves, and a 3.64 ERA. Murakami went on to try a comeback with the 1983 SF Giants in spring training, and currently works for NHK network. [Link -]
Re: Murakami Masanori
[ Author: SFGiantsFan | Posted: Feb 17, 2005 9:02 AM ]

Thanks everybody. The analysis on was interesting. The idea that Murakami may have been more successful in the States, since he likely would have stayed a reliever, is intriguing.

And the article was nice, too. Interesting to read his quotes about Nomo and the Dodgers. I am reading "You Gotta Have Wa," and his "old school" team loyalty really comes through in the article.

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