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Ace Hurler Ryu Hyun-jun to Test MLB

Watch for Ryu Hyun-jin to come to the MLB. By watching the video below of his 17 strikeouts, you can see his various pitches and crazy movement. He’s also the strikeout king and appears to be one of the best in baseball. He’s also 25 and appears to be a robust young man at 6’2″ and 215… although he looks heavier. [youtube]2BL18oW4Okg[/youtube] (youtubelink)

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Japan Back in World Baseball Classic

Japan to play WBC. It was unfortunately about money. The MLB got 33% of the revenue while the two time Champions, Japan got only 13% of the ad revenue. “Japan’s professional baseball announced Tuesday it has decided to set up a new business structure that would bring in ¥4 billion ($51.1 million) in four years.” (WSJ – WBC)

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The Ichiro Effect

The Ichiro Effect is now gone from Seattle, a west coast location that’s not as far from Japan and New York City. Tourism will be affected as people will now perhaps defect to New York for visits. But even that will be less. Seattle is a much simpler place to visit. “Japan sends more tourists to Seattle than any other country, according to U.S. Commerce department officials, the newspaper notes. In 2011 alone, 64,000 Japanese tourists visited the region.” (USA Today – Ichiro Effect)

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Ichiro to the Yankees

Ichiro now a Yankee. He’s 38, should be able to produce. “When I spent time during the All-Star break to think, I realized that this team has many players in their early 20s,” Ichiro said through a translator. “I began to think I should not be on this team next year. I also started to feel a desire to be in an atmosphere that I could have a different kind of stimulation than I have right now.” (ESPN – Ichiro to Yanks)  

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