Tag Archives: Ichiro Suzuki

Top 10 time

This is the start of the payoff of something I’ve been working toward for the last 30 years: a comprehensive analysis of players throughout Japanese pro baseball history.

It’s been a hard slog the last month or so, but the efforts have born fruit in a method to put all those seasons into a kind of even basis for comparison through applying Bill James’ Win Shares to old data.

I’ve had broad estimates based, but lacked the data needed to make reasonable run and home run adjustments, as well as catcher’s records against base stealers, and batting records with runners on base and in scoring position to fine-tune them as well as I could.

But with that now in hand, and a new system to generate them that is vastly more efficient, we’ve got some fun stuff.

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Big fish

The Hiroshima Carp launched an unusual pre-emptive posting strike on Friday when they revealed they have begun the process of posting star right fielder Seiya Suzuki after the season.

In response, I’ve updated Suzuki’s profile page, and while you can read a lot of comments and reports about his short swing, speed, and arm, so I’m going to take a different tack and talk about Suzuki the individual and the way things are in Japan.

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