Leonys Martín in action for the Chiba Lotte Marines
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Succeeding in NPB

One of the ideas often put forth in baseball circles is that going from Major League Baseball to Nippon Professional Baseball will result in instant success. The general context behind this idea is that MLB players are so good that even those MLB players who can no longer cut it in that league will excel […]

Tsuyoshi Wada on the hill for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks.
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The Long Road Back

Baseball is full of players who amass interesting careers. Some accomplish a lot, some accomplish very little, and even others are simply ballplayers who never accomplish a single thing worth noting. Then there are the players who were once great but now are merely good. They are a rare breed, far more common are the […]

Jabari Blash watches a home run for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles.
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A Bash and a Blash

When Jabari Blash signed with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball’s Pacific League it was met a lot of enthusiasm from certain online circles. Blash had been a Minor League Baseball stud, known for his towering home runs. When Blash connected with one it was a sight to see and the idea […]