What’s On Second? The Japanese are Coming, Part I
Here on seamheads.com at â€œWhatâ€™s On Second?â€, weâ€™ll be doing various â€˜statistorianâ€™ types of analysis, looking at the history and past statistics of baseball, hopefully with the goal of understanding the present a little differently.
Japanese baseball continues to have a bigger impact on U. S. baseball each passing year, with this year being the first time a Japanese born pitcher won a Wold Series game. This influx of Japanese players is of course relatively new, mostly occuring since Hideo Nomo debuted in 1995. But U. S. baseball impacting NPB (Nippon Professional Baseball) has been going on for quite some time â€“ over 600 players have played in both MLB and NPB. The influx of
Because more Japanese players are coming to America, the question this time of year becomes â€˜Who is coming?â€ and â€œHow well will they do?â€ By looking at the history of players moving between MLB and NPB, weâ€™ll try to answer those questions intelligently in Part II.