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  1. Rough Translation: “In the top of the seventh inning, Nakajima Hiroyuki of the Seibu Lions drove this home run to right-center. It looks awesome every time you see it. Since this is super slow motion video, you can use it to teach kids who play baseball.”

    Comment by Chad Moriyama — October 8, 2012 @ 3:45 pm

  2. I appreciate your SSS caveats on Kawasaki. People have seemed to write him off as terrible, whereas I think he’d be a serviceable (not good, but serviceable) starter and at minimum a valuable bench player.

    Comment by Michael H — October 8, 2012 @ 5:31 pm

  3. Yeah, I think he can be a stopgap starter and at least a quality bench player. Interestingly, I would expect his numbers to translate from the NPB much more cleanly than a slugger who knocks a few Tokyo Dome specials and inflates his power numbers.

    Comment by Bradley Woodrum — October 8, 2012 @ 5:34 pm

  4. Thanks! I am jelly of your language skills.

    Comment by Bradley Woodrum — October 8, 2012 @ 5:35 pm

  5. This is awesome, I did a sill/rough posting fee estimator, based on Darvish/Aoki this offseason for a blog called Centives: http://www.centives.net/S/extras/baseball-player-value-calculator/

    I wondered at the time why the Brewers would acquire Aoki, based on his weak offensive numbers in 2011. This article, as well as, the change in baseball ends my confusion.

    Anyways, great stuff Bradley.

    Comment by Glenn DuPaul — October 8, 2012 @ 5:56 pm

  6. Some good thoughts here, but I think it is important to examine the players that went TO Japan since the new ball was introduced, and see how they also performed against expectations.

    Comment by KJOK — October 8, 2012 @ 5:57 pm

  7. Great point.

    Comment by Bradley Woodrum — October 8, 2012 @ 6:00 pm

  8. It will be interesting to see what happens to posting fees under the new CBA. I’m not sure, though, if posting fees will count against team’s signing bonus pool. I would have to guess it would not, but still, it means teams will have a curtailed ceiling with what they can offer the player — which might lead to even bigger posting fees.

    Comment by Bradley Woodrum — October 8, 2012 @ 6:45 pm

  9. Most importantly, this gives us an excuse to discuss Wily Mo Pena.

    Comment by Toasty — October 8, 2012 @ 7:04 pm

  10. Do the KBO next, Gangnam Style

    Comment by Antonio Bananas — October 9, 2012 @ 5:32 pm

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