Dodgers Continuing to Work Internationally

I’m already sick of talking about Justin Sellers, and so are you. So let’s instead hit some news & notes on Stan Kasten’s continuing takeover of international baseball:

* Yes, Shohei Otani was drafted first overall in the NPB draft. I’ve seen some misconceptions about what that means, so let’s clear that up right now. Nippon Ham has the exclusive Japanese negotiating rights with Otani through the end of March, but it does not mean he can’t speak to MLB clubs until that period has ended. He can still sign with an MLB team, and all it’ll mean is that the already-tenuous relationship between MLB & NPB will take another hit, but it won’t violate a specific rule or written agreement. It’s also worth noting that Nippon Ham could have selected him not in hopes of convincing him to stay, but to then post him in hopes of getting a payment from an American team. That might delay Otani’s arrival in America, but then again he was almost certainly going to pitch in short-season ball in 2013 at best.

* Otani isn’t the only Japanese target the Dodgers have in mind. Dylan Hernandez reports that the team also has interest in 32-year-old righty reliever Kyuji Fujikawa, who has been with the Hanshin Tigers since 2000. Fujikawa has completed his contract and would be available without a posting fee, similar to when the Dodgers signed Hiroki Kuroda prior to 2008, and has been one of the most dominating closers in Japan for years, even being referred to as “Japan’s Mariano Rivera“. No, Japan isn’t MLB, but when you see season K/9 marks like 13.84, 13.42, and 13.55 with low walk rates you take notice. Fujikawa is still pitching for Hanshin this season, but is expected to jump to America for 2013.

Last week, Mets blog Amazin’ Avenue unearthed this interesting fact about Fujikawa:

In 2006, a scientific study on baseball was done by a TV station in Japan, and Fujikawa took part. His four-seam fastball was captured by slow motion cameras, which revealed that it rotated 45 times per second — eight more times than the average four-seam fastball. The cameras also found the spin axis of his fastball was tilted 5 degrees relative to its trajectory, a stark contrast to the average fastball, which the study found to spin on a 30 degrees relative to its trajectory. According to the Magnus Effect, the faster an object spins and the less it is tilted about its vertical axis, the more lift is created. The “rising” effect of Fujikawa’s fastball hampers batters.

Then again, his fastball velocity has been declining as he ages. An interesting gamble, depending on the price.

* Another well-respected international scout joins the organization. Ben Badler of Baseball America has the news

The Dodgers have hired Patrick Guerrero as their Latin American coordinator, according to a baseball source.

Guerrero, who lives in the Dominican Republic, will run the organization’s scouting throughout Latin America. The Mariners had fired Guerrero as their Latin American coordinator earlier this month at the same time they announced that Bob Engle, their vice president of international scouting, had decided to leave the organization. Seattle’s decision to fire Guerrero, according to Baseball America’s sources, was made above Engle, an unusual move for a Latin American scout. Both Guerrero and Engle had been with the Mariners since 2000.

The Dodgers are still deciding whether to bring in someone else to serve as an international scouting director.

Guerrero helped the Mariners sign Michael Pineda, has been referred to as one of “the most high profile” scouts in the Dominican, and is actually named after former GM Pat Gillick, under whom his father worked in Toronto.

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Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

i refuse to mark new comments as read

 

#ThugLife 

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Don't die, Mike.

FreeDK
FreeDK

It aint no biggie cause they won it in 2010........ahhh except this puts the Giants at 7 Championships and the Dodgers at  6, this is the one thing you could always fall back on and now it's gone.

Not only that but the Cardinals are even further ahead in NL dominance. Dodger fans can't say squat anymore, but maybe that's a good thing?

JoeyE
JoeyE

oh and i approve of Fujikawa

trade Guerrier for anything. east most of the money, whatever

JoeyE
JoeyE

oh good we open the season vs the world champs

Lobo
Lobo

Dear God, this sounds horrible.  Apparently Marcus Lattimore (South Carolina's running back) was badly hurt in todays game and the injury report is as follows: broken femur, broken patella, torn ACL, torn MCL, torn PCL, and torn LCL.  He broke two bones and tore four ligaments at the same time.  That is likely the end of his football career, poor guy.

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

So this fucking cat is always coming over and hanging out all night! He rifles the fridge then just plops his ass down on the couch......                    http://goo.gl/fjocr

Frank J Lapidus
Frank J Lapidus

WTF, Tigers, are you planning to score any runs in this series?  Oh yeah, I forgot about the 2 run hr in garbage time in game 1.  Why the fuck can't the Dodgers get lucky and face opponents like this?  No, we get the fucking Phils in their heydey.

DINGERS!
DINGERS!

at least we aren't BOSTON. or god forbid, New York! Those teams are a MESS. Stable, rich, and determined, that's our Dodgers.

Dirtbag_Blues
Dirtbag_Blues

The emergency steps the news is telling me really sucks. I'd rather just drown than put all that shit together.

Deuce (is loose)
Deuce (is loose)

I prefer to deal with adversity by avoiding it.  Compartmentalized denial.  Did the Rams really move to St. Louis?  Why is Piazza wearing a Marlins uni?  Are Obama and Romney the best our two political parties have to offer?  Is there a World Series going on?

Dirtbag_Blues
Dirtbag_Blues

My fellow Dodger fans

 

Our entire lives as Dodger fans this one fact always remained: the WORST thing that could ever happen would be the Giants finally winning a world series title. No matter what, we always had that on them..... and then in 2010 they won. That was it, it could never get worse than that. They could win 6 titles in a row for all I care, it won't be the same as that day they finally stripped themselves of that drought. The worse part of them winning was that they FINALLY stole that trump card from us.

 

So guess what? Nothing that ever happens again will be as bad. We've already seen rock bottom and now we've moved on. Giants win another world series just 2 years later? Pffff, whatever, that's not really soul crushing, just kinda shitty. So let's not be wimps abut this. We've been through News Corp, McCourt, the Giants finally winning, and James Loney. Life 'aint that bad going forward.

 

....and if the Giants somehow lose the next 4; that'd be totes cool.

DINGERS!
DINGERS!

@Catfish-fryin' Un friend that IGNORAMUS. Its going to feel good to stomp on the bandwagon dreams of those front running jackals who assume superiority by birthright. CRUSH ALL CHEATS

*VND*
*VND*

you consider a WS ring in 1901 as legit?

DINGERS!
DINGERS!

@Saber Kid #293.2 Bumping Kendrick, so not reelly.

DINGERS!
DINGERS!

@HUMAN ELEMENT Id Laff this off, but if Kemp and Craw aren't ready, I won't tune in till late spring

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

 @Lobo if you really want to see it its on deadspin. I don't recommend it because the slight of stomach may puke!

Paulstralia
Paulstralia

 @Lobo I didn't know there were that many CL's. That's really too bad. 

Frank J Lapidus
Frank J Lapidus

 @Dirtbag_Blues sorry, it's pretty bad.  What makes it worse is the Dodgers could have done something about it, but the fucking McCourts ruined it.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

 @el serracho Kind of crazy that I'm getting TS winds too, even though the thing is making landfall in south Jersey.

Lobo
Lobo

 @capnsparrow I watched the play.  It's one of the most brutal things I've ever seen, his knee just bends 90 degrees sideways, absolutely horrible

Hoagiebum
Hoagiebum

 @el serracho  @DBrim

 This thing never got to within 250 miles of where I am, and we got gusts up to 60 Mph. This is a very large and nasty storm.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

 @el serracho Can you imagine how messed up the world series would get if the Yankees made it?

DINGERS!
DINGERS!

@Saber Kid #293.2 @Saber Concept rap albums are rare. Had to get the deluxe though. I know how he feels. Smart kid.

DINGERS!
DINGERS!

@capnsparrow @Lobo thats worse than the McCallum injury on MNFoosball

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

 @Lobo It's the kind of thing that makes you wonder why you ever liked playing that stupid game in school.