Thursday, February 24, 2005

The Whining You Don't Want to Hear

Too much school. Too much other stuff. Baseball to come soon.

If you haven't checked out The Baseball Analysts, the new home of Bryan Smith and Rich Lederer, you probably don't read my site anyway so this will fall on closed ears. But if you haven't, give it a whirl.

To tide you over, here's a bit from Ken Gurnick that interested me:

Kazuhisa Ishii, sounding confident despite fighting for a spot in the rotation, said he has resumed throwing the splitter he abandoned after arriving in the United States four years ago.

"It was a good pitch for me in Japan, but it didn't feel right with the American baseballs when I came here so I stopped throwing it," said Ishii. "I practiced a lot in Japan with American baseballs over the winter, and I think it can be good for me again."

Anyone got anything on this one?

I was intrigued by this, and searched a bit to find out. I came across this CNN-SI article from the year 2000:

Essentially it says that there is no such thing as a standard ball in the Japanese leagues (each team gets their own) but that most of them are smaller than those used in the states. Potentially the smaller size made it easier for Ishii there.
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