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2007-10-22 07:06
by Bob Timmermann

Although the linked story does not list all the players, the Commissioners Office in Japan has listed 68 players in NPB as eligible for free agency.

The most notable name on the list is injured Chunichi outfielder Kosuke Fukudome, who had elbow surgery this year. Fukudome has not announced if he wishes to cross the pond.

So far, only Hiroshima pitcher Hiroki Kuroda has said that he will try to find work in MLB. Kuroda was 12-8 with a 3.56 ERA last season

2007-10-22 16:07:54
1.   sporky
Quasi-off-topic, but do you speak Japanese?
2007-10-22 20:23:50
2.   Bob Timmermann
I've mentioned before that I don't.

I can pick some stats out of boxscores in Japanese, but that's mainly from making an educated guess from what number makes sense.

2007-10-23 00:56:44
3.   joejoejoe
2 Are you on Bobby Valentine's email list? He has a fan club in Japan that I somehow signed up for (something I found via Mike Plugh's Baseball Japan blog) and the emails are good fun, even if I can't read a word of the Japanese. There are often English-Japanese translations for some of the features and lots of old photos and photos of Japanese baseball. The email is only sent every few months but it's an interesting distraction.

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