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  1. Thanks Patrick. As a follower of NPB I’m always curious which players might make the transition to MLB. Though I’d like to see Japanese pro baseball keep most of its biggest stars it’s exciting to think about some of them having success across the pond as well. Now if only the BayStars could field a decent team…

    Comment by Mike B. — August 24, 2010 @ 3:04 pm

  2. With the ever thinning gap of pure shortstops in the Major Leagues, what are the chances that Hiroyuki Nakajima gets posted in the next year?

    Comment by Harrison — August 24, 2010 @ 5:12 pm

  3. On the order of 0%. Seibu doesn’t care about a lack of shortstops in MLB; they’re competing for titles and don’t have a replacement for him in their organization. If Nakajima is going to move to MLB, I think it will have to be as a free agent. After this season he needs two more years of service time to qualify.

    Comment by Patrick Newman — August 24, 2010 @ 6:41 pm

  4. Has anyone heard what the odds are of Aoki getting posted this year?

    Comment by Lou — August 24, 2010 @ 10:48 pm

  5. Keira Knightly-slim.

    Comment by Patrick Newman — August 25, 2010 @ 12:39 am

  6. Hi Patrick, thanks for the great NPB posts. I’m sure you get asked this question every fifteen seconds, but do the chances that Yu Darvish decides to come to the MLB and convinces his team to post him this off-season remain almost nonexistent? Any significance to the story that was everywhere last week about the Yankees sending top scouts to watch him?

    Comment by Bando — August 25, 2010 @ 2:16 am

  7. Great footage of Wei-Yin Chen. I’d put him right up there with Darvish in terms of prospect status.

    Comment by this guy — August 25, 2010 @ 9:15 am

  8. All I know is that in the past he’s been adamant that he has no interest in MLB. This year, he’s backed off that some. I still think Nippon Ham won’t post him until he’s a year away from free agency, which would 2013.

    The significance of the Yankees watching him is that they’re obviously interested, and obviously doing their homework.

    Comment by Patrick Newman — August 25, 2010 @ 2:15 pm

  9. Heya i’m for the first time here. I came across this board and I to find It really helpful & it helped me out much. I hope to give something back and help others like you helped me.

    Comment by Annette Arzabala — October 8, 2011 @ 4:17 am

  10. Patrick, I hope you are still monitoring this. I have a question. I understand that NPB deadened their ball in 2011 to more closely approximate MLB conditions. Hence Norichika Aoki’s significant dropoff in his hitting stats. I wonder, did the majority of position players in Japan suffer similar drops? And if so, did the pitchers see a comensurate improvement in their numbers?

    Comment by Herb G — November 10, 2011 @ 9:29 pm

  11. The league ERA dropped from 4.02 to 3.00.

    Comment by jwb — December 18, 2011 @ 3:35 pm

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