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April 4, 2012 3:00 am

Pebble Hunting: The War on Opening Day

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Sam Miller

Opening Day is now Opening Days, but Bug Selig's efforts to attract more casual fans by spacing out the openers haven't spoiled the return of regular-season baseball.

There’s one video highlight for Tuffy Rhodes on MLB.com, and you already know what it is. A sequence of three at-bats. In the first, Dwight Gooden throws a curveball in the middle of the plate, and Rhodes drives it out to left-center field. “Long drive, a way back, it might be, it could be,” says Harry Caray. In the second at-bat, Dwight Gooden throws a fastball low in the zone, and Rhodes drives it out to left-center field. “Long drive, a way back, it might be, it could be.” And in the third, Rhodes once again drives a home run out to left-center field, and Dwight Gooden is really never good again, and this guy in this hat holds up this sign:

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April 15, 2008 12:00 am

Nippon Prospectus

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Mike Plugh

With some of the NPB's best young talent and some of its all-time greats, this is Japan's best baseball entertainment value.

A little late on the start to the season, this Pacific League preview reflects the circuit's intriguing storylines and a much more competitive race for its three playoff spots than the Central League will offer in 2008. Last season, I wrote about the Pacific:

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September 12, 2007 12:00 am

Nippon Prospectus

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Mike Plugh

Our NPB correspondent's crossed back across the waters, but he's still delivering blow-by-blow coverage of the stretch drives in the other major league.

A dramatic August in the NPB has come and gone. As I write this, I am settling back into life in New York City as a graduate student. Things are continuing without me in Japan, but I have my eyes and ears open to the daily happenings in Japanese professional and amateur baseball for your reading pleasure.

September will be the month that playoffs berths are decided in both leagues of the NPB, but the races for positioning in the postseason are much more interesting at this point now that the three spots in both the Central and Pacific Leagues more or less decided. Also of interest will be the players and pitchers jockeying for the top awards in both leagues. Yu Darvish of Nippon Ham and Toshiya Sugiuchi of SoftBank are engaged in a very interesting struggle for the Sawamura, while a handful of players in both leagues are battling it out for the MVP. This edition of Nippon Prospectus follows with a look at the last month or so in the Pacific League. A look at the Central will follow very soon.

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April 19, 2007 12:00 am

The Foreigners

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Mike Plugh

Which foreign-born ballplayers in the Japanese leagues should you know something about?

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March 20, 2007 12:00 am

Live From Akita City

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Mike Plugh

Mike takes the plunge with the six team Pacific League division, spotlighting outstanding talent across Japan.

In the peaceful light
Of the ever-shining sun
In the days of spring,
Why do the cherry's new-blown blooms
Scatter like restless thoughts?

-- Ki no Tomonori (9th century poet)





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