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The Yankees are collecting stars from the land of the rising sun. Several recent teams have featured three Japanese born players. Some have even had four. However, in terms of star power, none can match the 2014 Yankees, who have assembled the greatest collection of Japanese ballplayers on this side of the Pacific Ocean. As […]

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The Yankees’ plan to slash payroll below the $189 million luxury tax threshold was destined to fail at inception. As early as last April, the Yankees were already back tracking toward the inevitable, even though many in the media remained fixated by the smokescreen that was left behind. However, with the signing of Masahiro Tanaka […]

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Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball have reached a new posting agreement apparently designed for one purpose: thwart the Yankees and other free spenders from signing Masahiro Tanaka. However, a careful examination of the details suggests the resolution could come back to haunt the small market teams who reportedly pushed for its implementation. Under […]

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(The following was originally published at SB*Nation’s Pinstriped Bible) Leave it to Bud Selig to crash his own party. By all but the most cynical accounts, the World Baseball Classic has been a success, and, in no region has that been more true than the Caribbean. As Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic get ready to […]

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(The following was originally published at SB*Nation’s Pinstriped Bible) The World Baseball Classic is moving on to San Francisco, but Team USA won’t be along for the ride. Following a 4-3 loss to Puerto Rico, the Americans are headed back to their spring training camps in Florida and Arizona, while baseball fans from sea to shining sea try to make […]

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A couple of weeks ago, Hiroki Kuroda and Yu Darvish staged a rare duel between Japanese-born converts from the Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) league. Tonight, Kuroda will take part in another reunion, when Ichiro Suzuki’s Seattle Mariners come to town. Although matchups between Japanese pitchers and hitters are much more common these days, the sample […]

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Businesses in Japan shouldn’t expect too much productivity from their employees this morning, assuming they make it into work at all. At 9:00am local time in Tokyo, the Rangers’ Yu Darvish and Yankees’ Hiroki Kuroda will square off over 6,000 miles away in Arlington, Texas, marking only the seventh time that two Japanese starters have […]

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