Following the money

Heard of the house that Ruth built? This is the scoreboard that Darvish built.
Heard of the house that Ruth built? This is the scoreboard that Darvish built.

This photo is the answer to the question a listener to the Japan Baseball Weekly Podcast asked last year: What did the Nippon Ham Fighters do with the $50 million posting fee they received for Yu Darvish.

According to Fighters chief executive Toshimasa Shimada, the answer is this scoreboard at the Fighters’ minor league facility in Kamagaya, Chiba Prefecture.

Jim Allen

sports editor for a wire service in Tokyo

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