Brim: The adventures of a gaijin fan: three games in Japan

From Daniel Brim at The Hardball Times on May 24, 2016:

I’ve been watching Japanese baseball regularly since 2014. My sister, despite not being a huge baseball fan herself, turned me onto the concept. She moved to the Tohoku region to teach English for the JET program in 2013. That Christmas she gave me some merchandise from her local Nippon Professional Baseball Organization (NPB) team, the Rakuten Eagles. The best piece was a Blu-ray with highlights from the Eagles’ run to the Nippon Series title earlier that year.

During the same trip home for Christmas, I was beginning to prepare my first article for Dodgers Digest, outlining the statistical case for why the Dodgers should sign Masahiro Tanaka, who was the cornerstone of the Eagles’ title run before he was posted. While I was taking breaks from crunching the numbers, I’d put on the video and watch highlights.

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Originally published: May 26, 2016. Last Updated: May 26, 2016.