Japan, the last two winners of the World Baseball Classic (WBC) is threatening to boycott the tournament. Why? Because the revenue generated by MBL is kept mostly by the organization and it’s players. Japan receives 13% while the MLB and it’s players gets 2/3. The revenue was 18 million. 13% then divided by it’s players… leaves a significant chunk but not enough. (WSJ – Baseball)
Yu Darvish gets out of a jam. 4 runs in the first (42 pitches), and then still wins the game, pitching through the 6th inning. Showing poise and his ability in a game that looked awful at the start, Darvish retired 10 in a row at one point and the outing sounds like a good one.
Yes MLB is happening in Japan. On an offday some of the major leaguers visited the devastated region and did a little clinic for for the kids. One player, Hisashi Iwakuma who played in the exact region came along. This is a nice blog post by a major paper. (Seattlenews – Tohoku)
A museum for one of baseball’s greatest stars. It’s not a huge structure, but it’s a room filled with Ichiro’s items. It’s run by his parents. It even has his abacus. It’s filled with photos and ephemera. 30 visitors a day, $11 to enter. If you’re a fan, this is the place to be. It’s in Toyoyama, Japan. (Seattletimes – Ichiro)