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41. YSHP Past Yakult Swallows Stars: Masato Yoshii
Latham s 1998 Guide to Japanese baseball Before leaving Japan to try hisarm in the Major Leagues, masato yoshii pitched ten years with the Kintetsu
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Past Yakult Swallows Stars YAKULT SWALLOWS: Players Past Stars History ... 1998 Schedule Masato Yoshii Before leaving Japan to try his arm in the Major Leagues, Masato Yoshii pitched ten years with the Kintetsu Buffaloes (1985-94) and three with the Yakult Swallows (1995-97). In the Pacific League, the right handed hurler had the most success in the Kintetsu bullpen, earning 59 saves in a three year span (1988-90). But after a mediocre 1994 season (5.47 ERA, 7-7), the Buffaloes dumped what appeared to be a pitcher at the end of his career. Determined to prove Kintetsu wrong, Yoshii jumped leagues and joined the Yakult Swallows in 1995. A very consistent pitcher in his three years with the Swallows, Yoshii earned a 10-7 record in both of his first two years and a 13-6 record with a 2.99 ERA and 104 strikeouts in 174 1/3 innings. Yoshii may not strike out of lot of batters, but he doesn't issue many walks either. Though not the best hurler on the Yakult pitching staff, Yoshii was the most reliable. The gap his departure leaves on the Swallows' starting rotation won't be easily filled. In his thirteen seasons with the Buffaloes and Swallows, Yoshii compiled a 73-51 career record with a 3.42 lifetime ERA and 634 strikeouts.

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43. Baseball In Osaka, Japan - The Baseball Cube
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44. Post 1997 Baseball Season
Ichiro has become the 2nd highest paid baseball player for the coming season . masato yoshii signed with the New York Mets on Jan.13, 1998 for a one year
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POST 1997 PRO BASEBALL SEASON Ichiro makes 2nd place in income
4-time leading hitter, Ichiro Suzuki signed with the Orix Blue Wave for 320 million yen on January 28, 1998. That's up 60 million yen. He's still 24 years old, and is the youngest to surpass the 300 million yen mark. Ichiro has become the 2nd highest paid baseball player for the coming season. Tax evasion sentences
Well-known Daiei players' sentences were announced on Jan. 12, the BayStars players were given on Jan. 14, the Dragons players on Jan. 20, and the Swallows on Jan. 23.
Players Punishments Hiroki Kokubo (Fukuoka Daiei Hawks) 1 year in prison, 2 years suspension, 7 million yen fine Hidekazu Watanabe (Fukuoka Daiei Hawks) 1 year in prison, 2 years suspension, 5.5 million yen fine Toshio Haru (Yokohama BayStars) 10 months in prison, 2 years suspension, 4.5 million yen fine Yoshifumi Kawasaki (Yokohama BayStars) 10 months in prison, 2 years suspension, 3.5 million yen fine Takashi Manei (Yokohama BayStars) 10 months in prison, 2 years suspension, 3.5 million yen fine Yusuke Torigoe (Chunichi Dragons) 10 months in prison, 3 years suspension, 4 million yen fine

45. Masato Yoshii In 1998
A new day for baseball history It was a dream come true match. masato Yoshiisigned with the New York Mets on Jan.13, 1998 for a one year contract of
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MASATO YOSHII IN 1998
POST 1998 SEASON NEWS
Yoshii extends contract with the Mets

It was learned on Nov. 13 that Yoshii agreed to a 2 year contract for 5 million dollars. It's quite an increase from this year which was 200 thousand dollars. Breaking it down, it's 2 million dollars for 1999 and 3 million for 2000.
Michiyo's Note: Yoshii's contribution to the team in 1998 was certainly given a high mark. Good for him. Yoshii back in Japan
On Oct. 18, Yoshii landed in Narita Airport. He did not respond at all to questions from the press as he left the airport terminal.
Michiyo's Note: Yoshii's contract with the Mets end this season. For this reason it is speculated that Yoshii is not too optimistic about his future in the U.S. Major Leagues. MASATO YOSHII WITH THE NEW YORK METS
29th game, September 19
The Mets took off to a brillliant start batting in 2 runs in the 1st and 2nd innings. John Olerud contributed with his bat in both innings. In 6 1/3 innings which Yoshii pitched, he surrendered just 2 runs to the Florida Marlins. Yoshii marked his 6th win in the 4 to 3 game. John Franco earned the save. 28th game, September 14

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48. PLAY BALL! Japanese Baseball Players Head For The Majors
Japanese baseball Players Head for the Majors June 10, 1998. Hideo Nomo (right)later left the Dodgers to join masato yoshii on the Mets. (Kyodo)
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Hideo Nomo (right) later left the Dodgers to join Masato Yoshii on the Mets. (Kyodo)
When Masanori Murakami joined the San Francisco Giants in 1964, he became the first Japanese to play baseball in the North American Major Leagues. And ever since Hideo Nomo signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1995, astonishing everyone with his pitching, the Major Leagues, once only a castle in the sky for most Japanese, have became familiar turf. Since Nomo, pitchers with good track records in Japan have been leaping across the Pacific one after the other. Even promising high-school baseball players not chosen in the Japanese draft are signing up with Minor League teams, which are directly affiliated with the Major Leagues.
Low Salaries Still Require High Motivation
Four people since Nomo have entered the Major Leagues from professional baseball teams in Japan. Shigetoshi Hasegawa became a member of the Anaheim Angels, Hideki Irabu signed with the New York Yankees, and Takashi Kashiwada and Masato Yoshii became part of the New York Mets team. (They were joined there by Nomo himself in June 1998.) All of these men are pitchers. Then there are the baseball players who skip Japanese pro ball entirely and knock directly on the Major League door. Their numbers are increasingJapan's professional baseball commissioner is aware of at least 40 such players. Follow-up surveys are not being conducted, so it is not clear just how many Japanese baseball players have stayed on as pros overseas.

49. Trends In Japan
Hideki Irabu, Shigetoshi Hasegawa, and masato yoshii. The borderless age, itappears, has finally arrived in Japanese baseball.
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Foreign Players No Longer Just from the U.S. June 8, 1999
Lee Jong-beom's ninja headgear makes his base-stealing skills plain to see. (Tokyo Chunichi Sports) Until just a few years ago, most foreign baseball players in Japan came from Major League teams in North America or one of their minor league franchises. But since restrictions on the number of foreign players per team were loosened last year, an increasing number of athletes from other regions have been signing on to play in Japan. The baseball diamond, too, appears to be riding the globalization wave, with Japanese clubs looking harder for talented players from all corners the world. Korean "Musketeers"
There has been a noticeable increase in the number of players from South Korea. The Chunichi Dragons started this season with a spectacular 11-0 record, thanks in part to the "Three Korean Musketeers": stopper Sun Dong-yol, outfielder Lee Jong-beom, and starting pitcher Lee Sang-hoon. Sun set a new Japanese baseball record two seasons ago for most "save points" (saves plus wins) with his fast-moving slider. He is the team's undisputed "fireman," being called upon in the late innings to protect a thin lead.

50. The Baseball Guru - Analysis Ggarland02
Sankei reveals that baseball has been played in China in the 1960 s, Montreal Expos reliever masato yoshii, an exteammate of Kazuhisa Ishii when yoshii
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Gary Garland the japanese insider WHATEVER LANGUAGE YOU SPEAK IT'S BASEBALL by Gary Garland China Pro League to Start in June 2003 According to Sankei Sports, with an eye to the 2008 Olympics, mainland China is going to inaugurate its first professional league on March 28, 2003 in hopes of developing a national team good enough to make it to the top four in the olympic baseball tournament. The actual regular season will run from June to August. Sankei reveals that baseball has been played in China in the 1960's, where over 40 teams competed across the country, many of them made up of members of the People's Liberation Army. However, the Cultural Revolution reportedly put an end to the Chinese nines. Recently, though, baseball has seen a resurgence in the Communist state, with over 100 elementary and junior high schools holding hardball matches in the last decade. Guangxhou, Shanghai, Beijing and Tientsin are the four cities that will host pro clubs, with the Tientsin bunch already being touted as the strongest of the lot. However, the manager of Tientsin admits that their level of play is about that of the Japanese industrial leagues and slightly below that of the Taiwanese pro leaguers. Whatever the case may be, the squads will play four times a week, with the other three days given over to promoting the game by having the players visit elementary and junior high schools.

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52. AsianWeek: APIs Flex Some Muscle In MLB Playoffs
Of three Asian Pacific Islanders in this season’s Major League baseball playoffsthis masato yoshii, Pitcher New York Mets, No. 21 Born April 20, 1965
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Besides possessing some funky, unorthodox pitching motions, players like Hideki Irabu and Masato Yoshii were brought over from overseas to try to bolster the low quality of pitching after all, the average Earned Run Average (ERA) for the entire major leagues this year is at a high 5.50. Benny Agbayani Left Fielder
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Born: Dec. 28, 1971
Height: 5' 11" Weight: 225 lbs.
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Birthplace: Honolulu
College: Hawaii Pacific University Highlights: Masato Yoshii, Pitcher New York Mets, No. 21 Born: April 20, 1965 Height: 6' 2" Weight: 210 lbs. Bats: Right Throws: Right Birthplace: Japan Highlights: Hideki Irabu Pitcher New York Yankees, No. 14 Born: May 5, 1969 Height: 6' 4" Weight: 240 lbs.

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Profiles of API Players in Major League baseball masato yoshii. Los AngelesDodgers. Onan Masaoka; Chan Ho Park. Montreal Expos. Hideki Irabu
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54. Nisei Baseball - Pg9.4
Major League Tributes to Japanese American baseball pg9.4. A Giant welcome tomasato yoshii. (Lt to Rt) masato yoshii, Manager Bobby Valentine, Lou Seal,
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55. BridgePac
baseball is internationalizing rapidly across the world, and as our nationalpastime spreads, so should our 7. masato yoshii ( NY Mets Pitcher). 1997
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A s early as 1914, Japanese-Americans have traveled across the Pacific to play baseball in Japan. They helped to pioneer and innovate the game of baseball with an American spirit of style and play. Seattle and Hawaii Nisei teams played the Universities in Japan from 1914 to1923. California teams from Fresno, Stockton, San Jose, Los Angeles and Alameda made there early tours starting in 1924 to 1937. The long ocean journey took 15 days on a boat. In 1934, an American major league Hall of Fame team came to Japan led by Babe Ruth. The All-Japan Team was selected from the best players of the nonprofessional teams to compete with these legendary players. With these members as its core, the first professional team, the Dai Nihon Baseball Club, was organized at the end of 1934, and by 1936 seven professional teams had been formed. After playing professional football for the 1947 Forty-Niners, Wally Yonamine signed with the Yomiuri Giants in 1951 and played till 1962 leaving the game with one of the highest lifetime batting averages at .311 Wally went on to Coach and Manage from 1963 to 1988. He was inducted into the Japanese Hall of Fame in 1994. The present two-league system, consisting of the Central League and the Pacific League, was set up in 1950. Each league has six teams, all of which are owned and sponsored by large corporations. The Central league has the Yakult Swallows, Chunichi Dragons, Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Yokohama BayStars and the Hiroshima Toyo Carp Team. The Pacific League has the Seibu Lions, Nippon Ham Fighters, Orix BlueWave, Kintetsu Buffaloes, Chiba Lotte Marines and the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks.Each team plays 230 games between early April and early October. The regular season is followed by the Japan Series, a seven- game match between the two league champions.

56. Baseball Digest: National League Pre-Season Rosters For 2000
baseball players / Statistics American League / Statistics 189 1/10/75 52Thomson, John R R 63 187 10/1/73 21 yoshii, masato R R 6-2 210 4/20/65 No.
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57. Baseball Digest: 2002 Pre-Season Rosters¬óNational League
baseball teams / Evaluation National League / Evaluation 245 8/20/78 23Vazquez, Javier R R 62 195 7/25/76 55 yoshii, masato R R 6-2 215 4/20/65 No.
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58. Will Baseball Save The Asian Male Image? | Asian American Issues | GoldSea
Now the Mariners are stealing the Asian baseball spotlight with the dazzling $13 SP yoshii, masato SP Ohka, Tomokazu RP Komiyama, Satoru Matsui, Hideki
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(Updated Wednesday, Apr 10, 2002, 09:46:27 AM) ypher Hideo Nomo led the Asian invasion in spectacular fashion when he donned Dodger blue in 1994. His outlandish corkscrew delivery may have helped draw even more media glare than was warranted by his meteoric rise and fall (and recent re-emergence) as a pitching talent. His Dodger teammate Chanho Park, who came from Corea in 1995, showed that an Asian hurler could have staying power too not to mention ultimately command seven-figure annual salaries.
Now the Mariners are stealing the Asian baseball spotlight with the dazzling $13 million Ichiro Suzuki. Halfway into his rookie season here, he was leading the league in hits and steals, not to mention drawing $2 million magazine offers to pose nude. His reward an All-Star slot along with Chanho Park. Even better, their respective teams stand an excellent chance of meeting in the World Series.
Currently six other Asian ballers mostly Japanese and Corean imports are playing in the American majors and are, for the most part, doing well. That's why scouts are now laying the groundwork for importing as many as 15 more young stars from Japan, Corea and even Taiwan in time for the 2002 season. Admittedly, even a contingent of 24 Asian ballplayers would be only 5% of a combined major league roster of about 500. But if Nomo, Park and Suzuki are any indication, they could have a significant impact on the Asian male media image.

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60. Pacific Connection July.2000 Issue Of Software Design
While PacBell Park may be the baseball stadium of choice for Silicon Valley masato yoshii gave the Rockies a rare quality start seven two-hit,
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San Francisco's PacBell Park: High-Tech at the Old Ball Game
By Bart Eisenberg You once had to be tough to be a San Francisco Giants fan. The National League baseball team played in Candlestick Park (later renamed 3Com Park), where the chilled wind off the San Francisco Bay blew dust and popcorn bags, and people bundled up as if they were prepared for snow. Some strong gusts even blew pitchers off the mound. Candlestick was also a faceless kind of place, functional but unimaginative. You went for the baseball, not for the architecture. But this year, the Giants have a new, warmer home-often described as an "intimate" place to see baseball. Pacific Bell Park, or "PacBell Park," as the locals call it, is named for the local telephone company, which paid millions of dollars for the privilege. Like the new ball parks in Baltimore, Cleveland, and Colorado, PacBell was designed to evoke baseball of old, before it was played in big stadiums that also host football in winter. These new venues have a sensual contradiction-they look as if they should smell of cigars and have decades of dirt ground into the floor. Except that the litter is picked up, smoking is mostly banned, and the turnstiles contain barcode readers linked with a customer database. On a balmy spring morning, with the team playing in Florida, I drove out to the ball park to meet with Bill Schlough, vice president and chief information officer for the San Francisco Giants. At age 30, Schlough has gotten around. He did technology consulting for Electronic Data Systems, supporting clients like Advanced Micro Devices, Amdahl, and Grumman. But his real love is sporting events. In 1994, Schlough served as the technology manager at Stanford University when it hosted part of the World Cup soccer tournament. "Once I got into the event industry, I got hooked," he recalls. Schlough became a consultant to the Atlanta Olympics and, later, the Atlanta Braves baseball club. After picking up an MBA from the Wharton School, he moved west to build PacBell's information infrastructure from the ground up. The building is almost complete.

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