Yakyu by the Numbers

YAKYU BY THE NUMBERS: Good-bye Gotham, Hello LaLaLand

Hideki Matsui and his World Series MVP trophy have left the Big Apple for the City of Angels to become, well, an Angel. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim signed Matsui to a one-year deal worth a reported $6.5 million, quite a pay cut from the $s13 million he made in 2009 when he hit […]

YAKYU BY THE NUMBERS: Wakamatsu Ties for Fourth in AL Manager Award

The odds were against Don Wakamatsu before the voting even began. Despite leading the Mariners to a 24-game turnaround in 2009, the Seattle manager really had little chance of winning the AL Manager of the Year Award. In the 27-year history of the award only four managers of teams that didn’t make the playoffs won […]

YAKYU BY THE NUMBERS: World Series MVP Matsui Might Still Have Future with Yankees

In films, the flame-throwing Godzilla never went quietly into the night. He went out swinging — and, many think, so has his namesake Hideki Matsui. In what many believe might be his last game in the Yankee pinstripes, Matsui went 3-for-4 with six RBIs in the clinching game of the World Series. He hit .618 […]

YAKYU BY THE NUMBERS: So Long to the States: Yakyu Vets Say Sayonara

Japan has lost some of its best players to the United States over the years, including Ichiro Suzuki, Hideki Matsui and Daisuke Matsuzaka. In 2009, no less than 18 Japanese players, which is perhaps the largest number ever, took the field in major leagues. However, in what might be a reversal of fortune, at least […]

YAKYU BY THE NUMBERS: Wakamatsu Has Shot for AL Manager of the Year

Some people around baseball might think that Don Wakamatsu puts David Copperfield and Harry Houdini to shame as far as magicians go. After all, he must be using smoke and mirrors — as well as pulling a few rabbits out of his cap — to get a team that finished with the worst record in […]

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