View Full Version : More Than a Handshake Deal for Japanese Baseball Players

04-18-2007, 10:13 AM

The financial exchange, which is separate from a player’s salary, is common in Japanese baseball and known as kantoku shou, which, translated literally, means manager prize. The foreign players in Nippon Professional Baseball commonly refer to it as fight money.

The system is simple: When a player shines in the eyes of his manager during a victory — by doing something like hitting a game-winning home run or pitching eight solid innings or stealing a base during a key moment — he is later rewarded with cash.


Terry Francona was amused by this

"You're kidding me," Francona said when told of the "manager prize," as it is translated, according to an article in yesterday's New York Times. "That's not happening here, with what he gets."

"It should be the other way around," he said with a laugh. "If I manage a good game, he should give me something."


04-18-2007, 01:18 PM
I think this would have disaster written all over it, I mean, look at the fights we have here, just over a pick to click