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A planned concert in early November at Yankee Stadium has been cancelled, according to this item by Mark Feinsand in the Daily News.
Man, it was nice to see Bernie there wasn't it?
And the last game was the perfect way to send off The Stadium.
I'm not a big TM fan, but thank God someone is calling Manny out. Despicable. To despise. Very appropriate word. I'm as much a whore for Yankee wins as anyone, but if they get Manny (and I DON'T think Cashman will), I will have trouble watching them next year.
"Japan's 12 teams have voted on a conditional ban on any amateur player who signs with an overseas professional team, the Mainichi Daily News reported. The move comes after Junichi Tazawa, a 22-year-old star pitcher, announced his intentions to play in Major League Baseball instead of Japan.
I can't blame them. A little nationalism is needed in this case.
?? I'd like to hear why. Is it the fear that it would kill Japanese baseball? Cuz it seems like a majority of players that come over from that league wear out after a few years at best; Ichiro being a phenomenal exception. I'm thinking maybe Tazawa is looking at it and saying, "why go through that? I can make much more overall if I start when I'm young." Or, it could be a competition thing as well...
Of course, the drawback is that if he were to come over and then fail, he can't play in the Japan leagues. At best he would be a star vagabond like our patron saint of whos, Karim Garcia. I dunno, if you love baseball, it's a risk you take and I wouldn't blame him for tanking the Japan leagues if that were to happen.
But what did you mean?
BTW, don't you usually support the players' rights and perspectives?
I don't believe nationalism or the lack of it has anything to do with it, especially if the teams there are effectively playing sour-grapes by banning him from returning to play there if he should change his mind. If anything, MP and OK Jazz make strong cases that league-wide collusion is the major story here, in which case I have no sympathy for them. I would bet that if this young man were to play overseas and succeed beyond the mean, others would flood the market in a heartbeat.
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