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Camp Fires March 2, 2021

Unlike the U.S. majors being operated by MLB, Japan’s two major leagues are preparing for their 2022 season.

I haven’t been writing much about camp and preseason games because of the Olympics and some other things on my plate. But then Rob Manfred comes out and says, “The concerns of our fans are at the very top of our consideration list,” when obviously the concerns of the fans fall well below maximizing future ROI and crushing the union.

And one hears that nonsense, one is happily reminded that elsewhere baseball is going on. In Sapporo, the Fighters, whose new manager has said he knows the secret of how to score runs without hits, got six innings without a hit to execute his top secret plans to no avail

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Who’s the Big boss

When Tsuyoshi Shinjo declared that he would prefer to be called “Big boss” at his first press conference, a number of those asking questions practically wet themselves when they called him that.

The nickname, he said, is what some people in Bali called him during his time there. And Shinjo said he would prefer to be called that, rather than “kantoku,” the Japanese word used for baseball managers.

This made me wonder how often people are actually using the name to refer to him, so through the magic of Google, I checked up on as many Shinjo stories as a I could stomach.

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