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Japan Baseball Weekly Podcast for April 16, 2012
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I joined John E. Gibson for this week's Japan Baseball Weekly Podcast. We talked about a number of things, including an interview with John Bowker, Yu Darvish's first start and past performances, a bit of Baystar chatter, the state of home runs so far, and Whitesell's swing.

I would like to provide a little more detail for background information. Furthermore, I regret that I made a number of mis-statements in my half of the conversation and would like to make amends by correcting the information.

First of all, viewing a recent TED Talk by psychiatrist Sherry Turkle will help you understand what I'm talking about during my rant during the Bowker discussion. See: Sherry Turkle: Connected, but alone?

Next up, this table that I made will help you follow along with my report on Darvish's runs given up per inning:

And I do have some corrections to make to what I said during that segment.

The first correction is that the last time Darvish did not complete six innings (during the regular season) was on September 20, 2009 against the Orix Buffaloes. After that game he was taken off the roster and not seen again until November 1 for Game 2 against the Yomiuri Giants in the 2009 Nippon Series.

The game I mentioned in the podcast was April 17, 2010 against the Seibu Lions at Seibu Dome. That game was his worst inning over the past three years, when he gave up 5 runs in the second inning.

Finally, I said that Seibu's Yasuyuki Kataoka hit a sayonara home run on May 7, 2008 at Seibu Dome as the last time that Darvish failed to complete an inning he started. That was incorrect. It was a sayonara single that Kataoka hit.

Sorry about any confusion these may have caused. And I hope that nobody in the press has already started publishing these. I'm notoriously poor at speaking. I do hope that anybody writing a column will have the good sense to verify anything said in these podcasts before publishing.

With the corrections out of the way, the final piece of external reference I would like to point listeners to is Gen's site where he has videos posted of Whitesell's two fateful swings.



That being said, I hope you enjoy the podcast!
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