Thursday, March 31, 2016

There is a New Dragons Blogger in Town

Chunichi is off to a respectable start at 3-3 after losing their first series of the year at Hanshin and following it up with a series victory at home versus the Carp.
Dayan Viciedo and Shuhei Takahashi have been doing a lot of the damage offensively, with Takahashi hitting a huge Grand Slam late in the Dragons' most recent game propelling them to a comeback win.  It was exciting week of baseball, get fired up Dragons fans!

Following all the action is a new Dragons Blog in English called Dragon Soul.  It already has a lot of good information on it, including some write-ups on Chunichi's first series and coverage of the Ni-gun team's Western League games.  I'm excited to have a new source of Dragons information in English and will surely be checking in on it frequently.

Friday, January 29, 2016

New L.A. Dodgers Spring Training Caps get the Dragons some U.S. Pub

Above is the new cap the Los Angeles Dodgers will be wearing for this year's Spring Training in Arizona.  From what I've read the Dodgers have never worn a script "D" like this ever before. 
There is though another team that has, that team being your Chunichi Dragons.  Since it was announced several American blogs (Uni-Watch & True Blue L.A.) have picked up on the fact that it has been worn before, mainly though from the Hollywood movie that we all know and love "Mr. Baseball."

This photo has been tied to it showing Tom Selleck's approval:

Here's a baseball card showing Chunichi's version:

The Chunichi version can be purchased from New Era Japan.
The L.A. version should be available very soon.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Article on Former WSU Wheatshocker and Current Hiroshima Carp Kris Johnson

Nice article here on Hiroshima Starting Pitcher Kris Johnson from the L.A. Daily News.  Interesting that his Grandmother is Japanese.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Jordan Norberto Highlights Comp

Some highlights of the newly signed Dragons pitcher from his stint in the Major Leagues.
Posted by Youtube member Pisty Chan

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Japanese Baseball Cards Blog Masahiro Yamamoto Tribute

Check out NPBCardGuys' Masahiro Yamamoto post here.
He's got card's of him from nearly every year of his career.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Uniqlo Comes to Seattle

Uniqlo, the Japanese clothing company, opened it's first store in the Northwest (U.S.) earlier this month.  The store is located in Bellevue at the Bellevue Square Mall across Lake Washington from Seattle.
We went down there the first weekend it opened to check it out.  There was actually a line to get into the store, but it moved quickly as did the long line to the register.  We didn't try the line to the fitting room, that one didn't appear to be moving much at all.  Other than that it seemed pretty similar to the locations I've been to in Japan.
Certainly, the store made a ton of money that first weekend and I'm sure it will do well in Seattle, with the area's large Asian population and Seattle's style in general.
Their Heattech shirts do make good baseball undershirts.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Free Agents of Interest

NPB free agency is now open, and as usual only a handful of players filed.  The few free agents available are supplemented though by a number of guys who have been let go by their former teams.
Here are a few guys of interest:

Bryan Bullington - Was with Orix last year and Hiroshima previously.  Has been consistently solid and Chunichi needs rotation depth.  He's 34, I would think he could be had for a reasonable price.

Matt Murton - The price would have to be right, but he could help in replacing some of what Chunichi lost in Wada.  Defense and speed is not great and coming off a subpar year, but he's been solid performer in the NPB.  Would be worth it in a buy-low opportunity.

Jason Standridge - 36 but eats innings, been dependable for 6 years in Japan.  Again, Dragons need depth.

Tomotaka Sakaguchi - Hasn't produced much in the last several years, but may do well in fresh situation.  Dragons need outfielders, but unfortunately Yakult looks like they've already scooped him up.  I haven't seen yet what they signed him too.

Andrew Brown - This guy was recently released from Korea's SK Wyverns.  The former Nebraska Cornhusker and MLB player hit 28 home runs in the KBO last year and could maybe add some pop to Chunichi's outfield situation.