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  1. Rarely is the fulfillment worth the bewilderment

    Quoting every married man, ever.

    Comment by joser — March 19, 2009 @ 11:36 am

  2. I agree, he was nasty, and I think the initial struggles were as much from too much adrenaline and a bad throw to second.

    Comment by Anthony — March 19, 2009 @ 11:49 am

  3. Did you see how the two-seem fastball broke in to right handed batters on the pitchFX image? The movement is so drastic it almost looks like a shuuto.

    Comment by Jon — March 19, 2009 @ 1:45 pm

  4. YES!! I have been waiting to hear more about Darvish, he looks to be a solid pitcher. Is it possible for somebody to post more Hyunjin Ru and Tae Kyun Kim info from the Korea squad?

    Comment by brian recca — March 19, 2009 @ 1:48 pm

  5. Could someone please be so kind as to explain the pitch movement graph. It seems to be counter intuitive as I know a pitch can’t break upward. Thanks in advance.

    Comment by Nathan — March 19, 2009 @ 2:17 pm

  6. I posted the Ryu breakdown a few days ago, I’ll see what I can do for Kim.

    Comment by R.J. Anderson — March 19, 2009 @ 2:24 pm

  7. The movement is compared to that of a ball with zero spin.

    Comment by R.J. Anderson — March 19, 2009 @ 2:24 pm

  8. Beautiful.

    Comment by R.J. Anderson — March 19, 2009 @ 2:25 pm

  9. Yeah, being on foreign soil in unfamiliar surroundings doesn’t help either.

    Comment by R.J. Anderson — March 19, 2009 @ 2:26 pm

  10. Also a “negative” horizontal break is in to righties, a positive horizontal break is in to lefties.

    Comment by R.J. Anderson — March 19, 2009 @ 2:27 pm

  11. So a four seam fastball would be +y and a 12-6 curve would be -y?

    Comment by Nathan — March 19, 2009 @ 2:35 pm

  12. Yeah. Reference this (for righties):
    http://www.sonsofsamhorn.net/wiki/images/4/47/Guide2.gif

    Comment by R.J. Anderson — March 19, 2009 @ 2:37 pm

  13. Unfortunately, he’s never shown any interest in coming over to the US.

    Comment by Jim — March 19, 2009 @ 3:06 pm

  14. and have you seen Yu’s wife?
    http://asianmediawiki.com/Saeko

    Comment by Brian Cartwright — March 19, 2009 @ 5:50 pm

  15. He’s only 22 but has four years service. I’m sure in another four years the Fighter’s will be posting his contract. We’ll see what he says then. Of course, his arm could fall of before then.

    Comment by Brian Cartwright — March 19, 2009 @ 5:53 pm

  16. She’s Japanese…and that’s Mrs. Darvish to you, keep it PG

    Comment by Brian Cartwright — March 19, 2009 @ 11:31 pm

  17. No player would dare to openly state their desire to goto Majors in Nippon Baseball right now. Don’t worry, he will be in states much like the others who want to play with the best to become even better.

    Comment by Gloo — March 20, 2009 @ 5:29 pm

  18. It isn’t simply Darvish hasn’t voiced interest in the MLB, or that he has claimed to be presently focused on Japanese baseball. During the third Korea-Japan WBC game, the ESPN commentators reported that Darvish stated explicitly that he would never come to the MLB, that he would rather retire from baseball altogether, because leaving Japan would be a disservice to Japanese baseball and in particular young Japanese fans.

    Maybe Darvish will end up here anyway, that’s obviously a possibility, but he won’t be able to do that without being explicitly hypocritical.

    Comment by Andy — March 20, 2009 @ 8:16 pm

  19. Like there’s a difference.

    Comment by John C. — March 20, 2009 @ 8:22 pm

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