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oeo
05-15-2005, 04:20 PM
"Bobby Valentine's Chiba Lotte Marinees are 28-11 and in first place. Naoyuki Shimizu, the Marines' ace, has been cozying up to agent Don Nomura and telling folks he'd like to join Tadahito Iguchi with the White Sox next year."

http://www.newsday.com/sports/printedition/ny-spflash154261397may15,0,675020.column?page=2&coll=ny-sports-print

Anyone possibly know anything about this guy?

MarkyBear
05-15-2005, 06:24 PM
He's got a pretty cool cartoon pic of him!

http://img226.echo.cx/img226/2236/20040830shimizunaoyuki3rk.jpg

batmanZoSo
05-15-2005, 07:09 PM
"Bobby Valentine's Chiba Lotte Marinees are 28-11 and in first place. Naoyuki Shimizu, the Marines' ace, has been cozying up to agent Don Nomura and telling folks he'd like to join Tadahito Iguchi with the White Sox next year."

http://www.newsday.com/sports/printedition/ny-spflash154261397may15,0,675020.column?page=2&coll=ny-sports-print

Anyone possibly know anything about this guy?

Of course I know nothing about this guy, but we have good luck with the Japanese crop so far, I say bring 'em on over. With the increase in attendance and (hope to god) a playoff appearance, there will be some spending room. Who knows where a Japanese ace would fit into this rotation in 06. One of the Cubans will have to be let go or maybe Hernandez to the pen. Then again if the hype is any indicator, McCarty should certainly be ready to go in 06. Hernandez in the pen and a six man rotation!

mealfred13
05-15-2005, 07:45 PM
Maybe more importantly, how old is this guy? We've got a good young pitcher in McCarthy on the verge of coming up, and having another young arm from Japan would be nice to fill in the rotation in the event we lose some of our older guys during the offseason.

It doesn't really seem like we have much room in our rotation for ANYone, let alone another starter besides McCarthy, unless we're forced to make some moves due to injury or just general crappiness.

SluggersAway
05-15-2005, 08:15 PM
He is no spring chicken as he will be 30 this year. He has a 4.03 total ERA and a 48-40 W-L over the five seasons he has been in the league.

Here (http://www.japanesebaseball.com/players/player.jsp?PlayerID=1193) is the breakdown.

Clembasbal
05-15-2005, 09:51 PM
EDIT: I Deleted the stats because they are from last year.

Clembasbal
05-15-2005, 09:54 PM
Got them!!!

http://www.japanball.com/stats.phtml

Search his name. he is the #7 pitcher in the Pacific League 2.72 ERA, 4 wins to 2 losses. LAst year his ERA was low too.

Clembasbal
05-15-2005, 09:57 PM
http://www.so-net.ne.jp/marines/team/img/p18.jpg

His career stats are on this page....oh oh oh...if you can translate them

Link! (http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=ja&u=http://www.marines.co.jp/&prev=/search%3Fq%3DChiba%2BLotte%2BMarines%26hl%3Den%26l r%3D%26sa%3DG)

HomeFish
05-15-2005, 10:32 PM
You can never have too much pitching.

DumpJerry
05-15-2005, 11:14 PM
We also have Gio Gonzalez cooling his heels in AA......(remember this name!)

mikehuff
05-16-2005, 09:17 AM
You see. Signing Iguchi was a great move for more than one reason. If we have playoff success this year and if Iguchi and Takatsu do well it will make other Japanese players take notice of the White Sox. This guy actually mentioned the Sox by name and said he wanted to join the team!? I don't know if anyone has ever done that before. What is happening!?

If we make our name know in Japan it could give us an edge in obtaining players. It already looks like that based on this article. As someone said above, you can never have too much pitching. Pitching is the most valuable thing and the most saught after position on a team. Having extra pitching means that you can make trades for positions that you lack in. Depending on our success this year. Hernandez or Contreras could have some high trade value for next year (if we were going to replace one of them with McCarthy or this guy)

Clembasbal
05-16-2005, 10:44 AM
You see. Signing Iguchi was a great move for more than one reason. If we have playoff success this year and if Iguchi and Takatsu do well it will make other Japanese players take notice of the White Sox. This guy actually mentioned the Sox by name and said he wanted to join the team!? I don't know if anyone has ever done that before. What is happening!?

If we make our name know in Japan it could give us an edge in obtaining players. It already looks like that based on this article. As someone said above, you can never have too much pitching. Pitching is the most valuable thing and the most saught after position on a team. Having extra pitching means that you can make trades for positions that you lack in. Depending on our success this year. Hernandez or Contreras could have some high trade value for next year (if we were going to replace one of them with McCarthy or this guy)


Yeah, and if we keep the signing of Asian baseball players up, we can help bring in more fans. Seatle gets a ton of Japanese and Chinese fans because of Ichiro. We are getting our fair share because of Shingo and Tadahito. I mean Chinatown is not far from US Cellular and Chicago is very diverse. We can reach out and get a different fan base.

Lip Man 1
05-16-2005, 01:21 PM
When Brooks Boyer was on Chicago Tribune Live Friday he said the Sox were now #2 in TV ratings in games shown in Japan. Seattle is #1, the Yankees are 3rd.

Lip

mealfred13
05-16-2005, 02:40 PM
At this rate, in a few years our 1 through 9 hitters will all be Japanese :tongue:

white sox bill
05-16-2005, 03:05 PM
When Brooks Boyer was on Chicago Tribune Live Friday he said the Sox were now #2 in TV ratings in games shown in Japan. Seattle is #1, the Yankees are 3rd.

Lip

Too bad we can't pull those ratings here!!