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Is NPB waiting for the Black Ships to arrive?
2006-12-08 10:58
by Bob Timmermann

Jim Allen of the Daily Yomiuri says that Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) needs to radically change its economic model, where are all 12 teams operate more or less as independent entities in regard to all revenues, or else be swallowed up by MLB.

If NPB can not make the necessary painful decisions--and this is extremely likely--other more aggressive businessmen will seize the reigns and euthanize NPB's wheezing, obsolete feudal system.

Students of history may have noted some superficial parallels between the threat faced by NPB's feudal organization and that confronting the Tokugawa bakufu in the middle of the 19th century.

Although Commodore Perry's black ships were driven by wind and coal, the real force behind his squadron's arrival was the need to secure resources and markets within the context of the imperialist global economy.

"Bakufu" is another word for "shogunate."

So is Bud Selig MLB's equivalent of Millard Fillmore and by the time the "Black Ships" arrive who will be MLB's Franklin Pierce? Will we get interesting drawings of MLB's Perry that look like this? Although he looked more like this? Although this is the only Matthew Perry that most people know.

Sorry, the history major in me got loose.

2006-12-08 11:25:19
1.   xaphor
I hear they are starting production on "The Last Japanese Major Leaguer" staring David Eckstein.
2006-12-08 11:42:04
2.   mehmattski
The Americans could just send Luke Perry instead.

Also, from the Commmodore's wikipedia page:
"Mathew C. Perry Elementary School can be found on Marine Corps Air Station, Iwakuni, Japan. School mascot - Sammy the Samurai."

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