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Youtube Hand of God

Returning Rakuten Eagles ace Masahiro Tanaka has launched his Youtube channel, which quickly brought some comments from his peers I thought were worth sharing.

The news in Japan Thursday of Tanaka’s return sent a buzz through Japan, and Tanaka’s venture into Youtube, titled “Ma-kun Channel Masahiro Tanaka” was apparently a little bland for veteran Yutube Yu Darvish, who replied, “Don’t you mean God’s channel?”

By 9 a.m. Sunday morning in Japan, Tanaka’s channel had two videos, one of his Saturday presser, English transcript, and another private video of him on the way to the press conference in Tokyo and 68,300 subscribers.

Darvish then retweeted it saying he recalled somewhere saying it should be called the channel “Masahiro Tanaka’s God Channel,” which drew a response from irrepressible former Hanshin Tigers closer Kyuji Fujikawa.

“‘Masahiro Tanaka’s God Channel!’ what a great name for a channel.”

–Kyuji Fujikawa

NPB 2020 Nov. 10

Tuesday’s games


  • Carp 7, Swallows 3
  • Giants 4, Tigers 0


Other news

Okugawa arrives as Fujikawa leaves

On a night of beginnings and endings in Japan’s Central League, one of the young prizes in last year’s draft made his debut, while one of the game’s icons took his last bow.

At Koshien Stadium outside Osaka, reliever Kyuji Fujikawa took the mound for the final time, the 40-year-old finishing his career fourth on Japan’s career saves list with 243. Fujikawa, who recaptured the closer role last summer and started the season as the last man out of the pen, struck out two batters in the ninth.

The Giants, who have nothing to play for, won 4-0 as five pitchers combined on a one-hitter.

At Tokyo’s Jingu Stadium, 19-year-old Yasunobu Okugawa allowed five runs on nine hits in two-plus innings in a 7-3 loss to the Hiroshima Carp. Okugawa, one of the stars of last year’s summer national high school championship, was named by three teams as their top pick in the 2019 draft.

His season has been marred since the spring by a series of minor arm issues, and he appeared in just seven Eastern League games.

Active roster moves 11/10/2020

Deactivated players can be re-activated from 11/20

Central League


TigersP92Kazuo Ito
CarpIF96Alejandro Mejia
CarpOF50Hiroki Takahashi



Pacific League




MarinesC55Toru Hosokawa

Starting pitchers for Nov. 10, 2020

Central League

Tigers vs BayStars: Koshien Stadium 6 pm, 5 am EDT

Shintaro Fujinami (1-6, 4.29) vs Shinichi Onuki (10-6, 2.70)

Carp vs Dragons: Mazda Stadium 6 pm, 5 am EDT

Allen Kuri (8-5, 2.96) vs Yuya Yanagi (5-7, 3.77)