Why are the Los Angeles Dodgers wearing the caps from Nagoya’s professional baseball team?

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RocketNews 24 (by Casey Baseel):

Is the storied L.A. franchise ripping off the uniform of the Japanese club, or is this just a case of “What goes around comes around?”

Unlike a lot of other teams in professional baseball, the Dodgers don’t really tweak their uniforms very often. When they relocated to the West coast from Brooklyn in 1958, they adopted their iconic interlocking LA logo. They’ve kept it for every game since, barring about a half-dozen games in 2011 and 2012 in which they donned caps with the Brooklyn B to honor their roots and legendary former Dodger Jackie Robinson.

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As one of the most enduring logos in professional sports, just seeing it instills a sort of pride in Los Angeles sports fans. Come spring training, though, the Dodgers will be rocking a new design in selected games which replaces the initials of their home turf with a D.

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It’s not a bad look, and rendering the D in the classic font in which “Dodgers” is written on the team’s jerseys makes it instantly understandable what the letter stands for. The shift is also sort of appropriate for spring training games, which are played in Arizona of Florida (with the corresponding state highway signs on the side of the hat). Some local spectators catching an exhibition game might even be more enticed to buy a cap and support the team since the new design won’t have the side effect of making them look like they’re ready to start singing “I Love L.A.”

Since the start of spring training is still a few months away, you can’t buy a blue and white D cap yet. Well, at least not in America. In Japan, on the other hand, they’ve been available for almost 30 years.

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That’s the cap worn by the Chunichi Dragons, who play their home games in Nagoya, from 1987 to 1996. But before you go calling foul on the Dodgers for lifting the Dragons’ logo, here’s the jersey the Dragons wore during that same span of time.

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Hmm…where have I seen something like that before?

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The Dragon’s uniforms from the late 1980s to mid-‘90s were just the Dodgers’ with the text changed, but the exact same font, spacing, and number placement. The above Fernando Valenzuela jersey is from 1983, and the Dodgers had been using this design for several years prior to that.

This isn’t the only instance of a Japanese team heavily borrowing elements of its uniform from an American club. Unless you notice the subtle difference in hue, it’s extremely easy to mistake the Hiroshima Carp’s hats for the Cincinnati Reds’. For many years, Tokyo’s Yomiuri Giants copied the uniforms, colors, and even name of Major League Baseball’s San Francisco Giants.

In the Dragons’ defense, they’ve gotten a little more original in the uniform department in recent years, and have even switched to caps with an interlocking CD logo. Taking that into consideration, there’s really nothing wrong with the Dodgers rocking the D caps during spring training. The Dragons aren’t using them, and really, the Dodgers are just taking them back.

Ichiro Suzuki signs 1-year deal to remain with Marlins

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Ichiro Suzuki has signed a one-year contract to remain with the Miami Marlins and try to reach the 3,000-hit milestone in the majors.

Suzuki, who turns 42 on Oct. 22, is tied for 33rd on the hits list with 2,935. He had 91 in 153 games for the Marlins this season but batted a career-low .229, dropping his career average to .314.

His slugging percentage this year was .279, the lowest among all major league players with more than 300 at-bats. But injuries to other outfielders — including slugger Giancarlo Stanton — made him an everyday player.

Suzuki, a 10-time Gold Glove Award winner, pitched for the first time in his 15-year major league career in the Marlins’ season finale Sunday, throwing one inning at Philadelphia.

Suzuki had 1,278 hits in nine professional seasons in Japan. His new deal was announced Tuesday.

Hisashi Iwakuma becomes the 2nd Japanese pitcher in MLB history to throw a no-hitter

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Citizens of Japan and fans of baseball were treated to an incredible feat on August 12, 2015 when Hisashi Iwakuma became only the second Japanese born player to throw a no-hitter in a Major League Baseball game.

Hisashi Iwakuma threw his first no-hitter while pitching for the Seattle Mariners against the Baltimore Orioles at home and threw only the fifth no-hitter in Mariners franchise history. He is also the first American League pitcher to throw a no-hitter in almost three years, a feat last performed by his teammate Felix Hernandez.

The only other Japanese born pitcher to throw a no-hitter is Hideo Nomo, the man credited with paving the way for Japanese players in the MLB who threw two in his career, one in 1996 and the other in 2001. It is obviously exciting for Iwakuma to join an elite list of pitchers, but it must be something extra special to share a space in the history books next to Hideo Nomo.

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DeNA founder first woman to own a baseball team in Japan

Japan Times:

Tomoko Namba, the founder of mobile gaming company DeNA Co., has taken over as team owner of the Central League’s Yokohama BayStars, the ball club said Friday.

Namba, 52, who in 2013 was listed on Forbes as having a net worth of $545 million, is the first woman ever to take over ownership of a Japanese baseball club.

I want to build a strong team enthusiastically loved by our fans,” said Namba ahead of a press conference in Yokohama. “I haven’t really thought about myself as a woman. But I can say that I understand the feelings of female fans more than men.”

Namba, who received her MBA from Harvard Business School, founded DeNA in 1999 but stepped down as chief executive officer in 2011 to focus on her family and personal life.

Makoto Haruta, 46, who has been acting club owner since the 2012 season, after former parent Tokyo Broadcasting System Holdings Inc. sold the club to DeNA, has stepped down.

 

Five manga characters join Japan’s national baseball team for PR campaign

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RocketNews 24/Anime News Network:

 

The Baseball Federation of Japan recently recruited five manga characters to the “Samurai Japan” national team roster—Takao Taniguchi from Captain, Tatsuya Uesugi from Touch, Gorō Shigeno from Major, Ren Mihashi from Big Windup!, and Eijun Sawamura from Ace of Diamond.

These honorary team members will be part of a PR campaign that includes posters, bookmarks, and baseball cards. Fans can snag the special items by purchasingqualifyingitems at participating Mirai-ya Bookstores, attending the November 10 2014 Suzuki All-Star Series Samurai Japan vs Fukuoka SoftBank and Hokkaido Nippon-Ham game, purchasing a Samurai Japan jersey at the game, and visiting participating batting cages.

For complete details, visit the official campaign website.

 

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The campaign will run from October 17 to November 30.

Chrissy Teigen throws a flawless first pitch for the Dodgers despite being drunk

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Chrissy Teigen hit the field at Dodger Stadium in LA on Tuesday to throw out the ceremonial first pitch, and surprisingly, she nailed it! Despite drinking margaritas with her dad before the big event — she tweeted, “Crap, I’m pretty drunk,” before heading to the mound — Chrissy threw a nearly perfect pitch while also keeping things supersexy in a pair of blue short shorts and knee-high socks.

In the days leading up to her big gig, Chrissy shared her practice plans via Twitter: “Making John [Legend] practice with me now. I have such a false confidence after 50 Cent,” referring to the rapper’s unfortunate pitch at a New York Mets game back in May. Although her husband wasn’t on hand to help her at the stadium, Chrissy did consult with Dodgers catcher Drew Butera before the pitch and ironed out her plans to jump into his arms after he caught the ball; like clockwork, after her flawless showing on the field, she posed for photos with Drew and had a sweet celebration with family and friends on the sidelines. Keep reading to see photos and video from Chrissy Teigen’s perfect first pitch.

 

 

Longtime announcer for the Chicago White Sox uses the term “Oriental” to describe an Asian pitcher two nights in a row


Angry Asian Man:

Hawk Harrelson is on a roll. Oh, what has he done now? This week, the longtime announcer for the Chicago White Sox used the term “Oriental” to describe an Asian pitcher on two occasions, two nights in a row. Classy.

During the broadcast of Wednesday night’s game against Boston, Harrelson referred to Red Sox pitcher Junichi Tazawa as “oriental.” On Thursday night, he did it again. I guess Hawk didn’t get the memo, or perhaps just crumpled it up and threw it in the trash can. Many, many decades ago. 

On this past Wednesday’s game, Harrelson first says “Asian” then quickly says “Oriental,” as if he’s correcting himself. You’re going the wrong way, sir

You might recall a moment earlier in the season, when Harrelson provided some colorful commentary about Cleveland pitcher Chen-Chang Lee, describing one of his pitches as “typical Asian motion. Deception involved.”

Big deal, you say. You can argue he’s an old timer, a broadcaster from another era who can’t be bothered to keep up with what everyone is calling themselves these days. 

But Ken “Hawk” Harrelson isn’t just the elderly man you encounter at the gas station, or your cranky uncle at the dinner table — the people you tend to roll your eyes at and try to ignore. He’s a broadcaster for Comcast Sportsnet Chicago who is paid to talk and/or, at the very least, not say idiotic things.

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10 types of baseball spectators in Korea

 

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RocketNews 24:

 

As you probably already know, the world is currently in the grip of World Cup fever, with almost every channel on TV and website riding the wave. For soccer (or football) fans, this might be the best time in four years, but for the non-fans who are instead getting annoyed by soccer highlights popping up on TV and flooding their Facebook timelines, here’s an article about baseball for a change!

Korean internet content giant Naver’s trend reporters show us the stereotypes of baseball spectators in Korea! What type of baseball fan are you?

 

1. The Foodies

Can’t watch a movie without some popcorn and nachos? These Korean baseball fans can’t sit through a match without pizza and fried chicken! Sometimes the amount they eat makes other onlookers wonder if they’re treating the stadium as their picnic ground. Hopefully they’re paying more attention to the game than the pepperoni slices on their pizza.

 

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2. The Selfie Maniacs

They’re everywhere, even at baseball games. Okay, maybe your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram followers are dying to know that you’re at a baseball match, but just one photo is sufficient for that status update, right? It seems some Korean girls can been seen snapping selfies throughout the entire game. Talk about maniacal fans.

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3. The Hunk Hunters

Don’t know which team to support? Just support the one that has the best looking men!

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4. The Hardcore Cheerleaders

Who needs loudspeakers when you can scream your head off? These super screamers put the professional cheerleaders to shame with their overwhelming passion and voices. Perhaps they burn just as many calories shouting as the players running on the field.

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5. The Happy Drunkard

Too shy to cheer? Down a few cans of beer and you might be the happiest and loudest spectator in your block. The people sitting around you might not be too happy though.

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6. The Well-Dressed Fan

By well-dressed, we don’t mean that they attend the game in the latest fashion items. This is the guy who turns up in the perfect baseball outfit so impeccable that from afar you might mistake him for a team representative.

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7. The Real Baseball Maniac

Even though he’s physically in the stadium watching the match, he persists on watching the live telecast on a mobile device. He comes to the stadium simply to experience the atmosphere around him since the live telecast gets the best angles for every pitch, hit and run, and professional commentary and game analysis.

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What about couples that watch baseball matches together? These are the three typical types of couples seen at Korea’s baseball league matches!

 

8. The Love Birds

Couples who support the same team. They turn up in matching team outfits and watching the game is more like an enjoyable date for the both of them.

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9. The Fan and the Non-Fan

He initially explains the game patiently to his girlfriend who doesn’t have the slightest clue about baseball. But after about three questions, his patience starts to wane and his girlfriend becomes a nuisance that is distracting him from the match. Eventually, she runs out of patience too and the day ends on a sour note regardless of the outcome of the match.

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10. The Rivals

They both love baseball, but they’re cheering for different teams. Watching a baseball game together is a fun activity they both enjoy… that is until the teams they support are up against each other.

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Disney’s “Million Dollar Arm” generating buzz in Indian American community

Perhaps not since Slumdog Millionaire has a movie produced by a Hollywood studio played in the United States with major roles for at least two South Asian actors. Life of Pi came close, but it can be argued there was really only one major role for a South Asian.

Disney’s Million Dollar Arm stars Madhur Mittal and Suraj Sharma who play two 18-year-olds recruited by a desperate sports agent looking for a star pitcher.

Lacking clients in the United States, the agent goes to India to conduct a reality show competition to find two top athletes he can train to be major league pitchers.

Million Dollar Arm opens May 16 in the United States, but recently played before a largely Indian American audience who came to see a sneak preview.