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sports editor for a wire service in Tokyo

The key to Japan’s future

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Japanese have long dreamed that the nation’s passion for baseball and the impressive dedication that is part of the sport’s culture might someday turn the country into a true international powerhouse.

Sure, Japan won the first two World Baseball Classics, but the dream where everyone in the world thinks the baseball in Japan’s two major leagues is as rich and elite as in America’s remains remote.

The idea that analytics can help MLB teams on a budget compete by identifying undervalued attributes and purchasing winning talent cheaply, can also be applied to Japan’s dilemma by objectively learning where work needs to be done rather than simply practicing more and harder.

That was the not-so-hidden message last Monday when the Baseball Federation of Japan and the Japan Amateur Baseball Association hosted the finals of their first analytics competition for students.

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NPB news: March 26, 2022

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We had five games on Saturday after the Marines and Eagles were rained out in Sendai.

A day after Carp ace Daichi Osera singled in a run, Hiroshima pitcher Masato Morishita singled and scored early on Saturday, causing me to tweet that CL pitchers might be working overtime to avoid the introduction of a designated hitter.

Well within a few minutes of that, the shit, as they say, got real.

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