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NPB goes viral: Catching up

A couple of slow news days and a research project that is failing to reach a conclusion have kept me away for a couple of days. My apologies for that. We did have some news on Friday, so I’ll share that.

Nashida out of ICU

The wonderful Mr. Masataka Nashida is out of ICU and off his ventilator. Hopefully, that means the 66-year-old gent will survive to tell us more stories. There are many kind people in baseball, a huge number of them, and Nashida is one of those.

Kataoka goes public

Atsushi Kataoka, revealed this week that he’d been in the hospital battling the novel coronavirus, speaking weakly like someone with pneumonia — I speak from experience there — and with tubes up his nose, Kataoka sent a video of himself from his hospital bed.

Many prayers for these two guys’ full recovery, and not just because they were two of the people who took this nobody’s questions seriously despite how bad my Japanese was 22 to 25 years ago.

125 games and counting down

On Friday, NPB announced that it has scrapped interleague play for the 2020 season and will not start before the end of May. Considering Tokyo hits a new high for infections nearly every other day and they’re barely testing anyone without serious symptoms, that should be no surprise.

I strongly recommend you listen to next week’s Japan Baseball Weekly podcast, where Wladimir Balentien will explain what it’s like training with the SoftBank Hawks when players are not allowed to interact at the facilities.

And finally a plug

On Sunday in Japan at 10 am (6 pm Pacific Daylight Time) , I’ll be on a live twitter chat with Angels broadcaster Jose Mota and Angels staff member Saya Nomura.

I hope you can drop in. I’ll be on from 10:30 am (6:30 pm PDT) while former Angel and Yakult Swallow Jack Howell will take questions from from 10 am in Japan ( 6:00 pm PDT).

2-time PL champion manager Nashida tests positive for coronavirus

Masataka Nashida, who won Pacific League pennants with the Kintetsu Buffaloes and Nippon Ham Fighters and finished his managing career with the Rakuten Eagles, has tested positive for the new coronavirus, his management agency revealed Wednesday according to Kyodo News.

Here is a link to my coronavirus-NPB timeline

The 66-year-old former catcher had been resting since complaining of fatigue on March 25 and developed a fever three days later. On Monday he had trouble breathing and saw a doctor. He was admitted to a hospital on Tuesday, where he was diagnosed with severe pneumonia.

After a 17-year career with the Buffaloes, Nashida coached for the club and after winning the Western League pennant as their minor league manager in 1999, was promoted to manage the first team in 2000. In 2001, the Buffaloes went from last place to first but lost in the Japan Series to the Yakult Swallows.

He managed Kintetsu until the club was disbanded after the strife-torn 2004 season and merged with the Orix BlueWave. He went on to manage Nippon Ham in 2008 following the departure of Trey Hillman, and won the 2009 pennant, only to lose in the Japan Series to the Yomiuri Giants.

He managed the Fighters until 2011 and ran the Eagles from 2016 to 2018.