Great story from MLB Fan Cave. Ichiro Suzuki started his baseball career in high school as a pitcher, regularly throwing 75-85 and occasionally 90 mph. But in his last year, playing as an outfielder with a .505 batting average and 19 home runs, it was determined he should remain in the outfield.
I love these Japanese baseball videos. The fans are always wild and enthusiastic, a little crazy. They love their baseball! Listening to the announcers is a hoot, and even though I don’t have the faintest idea what they’re saying, you can always use your imagination. Japan has won the last two World Baseball Classics and has won their first round for the 2012 Classic. We might be seeing them in San Francisco at the Finals in March, minus Ichiro, who’s decided to sit this one out.
A World Classic Final between Japan and USA at AT&T Park in March, 2013. Now that would be something to see. It could happen ~ stay tuned!
- 2013 WBC: Ichiro Suzuki Decides Not To Play (sportstalkflorida.com)
- Ichiro, Kuroda the latest Japanese players to bail on the WBC (hardballtalk.nbcsports.com)
- Japan’s Ichiro, Kuroda will sit out 2013 Classic (mlb.mlb.com)
- Ichiro Suzuki Will Not Play For Japan In WBC (atlantablackstar.com)
- You: Ichiro, Kuroda decline WBC invite (japantimes.co.jp)