Senichi Hoshino, 1947-2018

Senichi Hoshino, manager of the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles, 2011, photograph courtesy of Wikipedia

I know very little about Japanese baseball – primarily because information about the teams in Japan is hard to come by if you can’t read or speak Japanese. But as I was doing my weekly review of news about baseball on Google yesterday, I ran across an article about the death of Japanese baseball manager, Senichi Hoshino. Hoshino passed away on January 4.

After reading more about him, it sounds like he was a pretty interesting guy. He was described as “passionate,” “emotional,” and “hot-blooded.” After Japan’s loss in the 2008 Olympics, he was quoted as saying, “One shouldn’t get feelings mixed up with winning and losing, but as a human being, sometimes I lead based on emotion. That sometimes moves fans and sometimes angers them. That’s a lot of fun.” According to his Wikipedia page:

Hoshino was drafted in the first round by the Chunichi Dragons in 1968 … The Yomiuri Giants had promised Hoshino that he would be their first round draft pick, but the Giants broke their promise, drafting another player instead. This betrayal made Hoshino develop a profound hatred towards the Giants, and he has battled the Giants ever since, both as a pitcher and as a manager. … He was known as the “Kyojin Killer” (Giants Killer) because he seemed to pitch unusually well against the Giants.

Hoshino spent his entire career as a player with the Chunichi Dragons, making his debut on April 13, 1969. During his career, he pitched in 500 games with a win-loss record of 146-121, 34 saves, and an ERA of 3.60. Five years after his retirement as a player, Hoshino became the manager of the Dragons; he managed them from 1987 to 1991 and again from 1996 to 2001. He also managed the Hanshin Tigers (2002-2003), the Japanese Olympic national team (2007-2008), and the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles (2011-2014). Hoshino led the Golden Eagles to the Japan Series championship in 2013. He was inducted into the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame in 2017.

Senichi Hoshino also happened to be the last manager of Masahiro Tanaka in Japan. Last week, Tanaka paid tribute to Hoshino on Twitter.

Rest in peace, Senichi.

~ baseballrebecca



What’s Going On In Venezuela?

Miguel Cabrera, 2011 (image courtesy of Cbl62 via Wikipedia)

Venezuela was back in the U.S. public consciousness recently, if only for a brief moment. Earlier in the week, Miguel Cabrera posted several videos on social media speaking out against the violence and unrest in Venezuela. On Monday he stated, “I am tired of hearing that they are going to kidnap my mother, and I don’t know whether it is a policeman or a bad guy, I don’t know who they are. All I know is if I don’t pay, those people disappear.”

Hall of Famer Luis Aparicio declined to participate in the All Star festivities celebrating Latino players in MLB, noting: “Unfortunately, conditions in my country prevent me from traveling.”

“No puedo celebrar mientras los jóvenes de mi país mueren luchando por ideales de libertad [I can’t celebrate when young people of my country are dying for their freedom].” – Luis Aparicio

So what’s going on in Venezuela, and why do we know so little about it? For these Venezuelan players and those who support them, it’s a matter of freedom. For those of us who pay little attention to Venezuela, we need to be educated on the issues. Next week, I’ll post more of the background of the political and economic issues in Venezuela, as well as the role MLB has played in that country.

~ baseballrebecca

2017 Player Appearances

Steve Garvey in 2010 (photo by Cbl62 via Wikipedia)

In case you didn’t know it, Steve Garvey will be making an appearance tonight at the Rochester Red Wings’ game. He is one of many former MLB and NFL players making appearances this summer at minor league ballparks. Garvey played for the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1969 to 1982 before finish his career with the San Diego Padres (1983 to 1987).

Other players making appearances this summer include Mike Timlin, Carlos Baerga, and David Justice. Earlier this season, both Tony Oliva and Luis Tiant were in Charlotte, Jose Canseco made an appearance in Altoona, and Dale Murphy was at the Hickory Crawdads.

Below are the upcoming player appearances, plus a few other appearances, as well some events held previously this season:

Date Player Team League
20-Jun Steve Garvey Rochester International
22-Jun Jack Morris Rochester International
22-Jun NFL Player Appearance Syracuse International
23-Jun Andre Dawson Myrtle Beach Carolina
24-Jun Bill Buckner and Bob Dernier Myrtle Beach Carolina
28-Jun Bucky Dent Charlotte International
13-Jul Wally the Green Monster New Hampshire Eastern
17-Jul Don Beebe (Buffalo Bills) Rochester International
19-Jul Mike Timlin Rochester International
22-Jul Robert Maschio Akron Eastern
22-Jul Kenny Bania Bowie Eastern
29-Jul Mr. Met Binghamton Eastern
30-Jul The Oriole Bird Norfolk International
6-Aug Phillie Phanatic Reading Eastern
16-Aug Jack Morris Charlotte International
24-Aug Carlos Baerga Erie Eastern



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15-Apr Phillie Phanatic Reading Eastern
17-Apr Chipper Jones Book signing ($40 includes copy of book and ticket to 4/18 game – tickets limited) Charlotte International
19-Apr Luis Tiant Appearance Charlotte International
29-Apr Elmo and Big Bird Binghamton Eastern
9-May Malcom Mitchell Portland Eastern
16-May Tony Oliva Charlotte International
20-May Jose Canseco Altoona Eastern
30-May Former Mets Player Trenton Eastern
7-Jun Phillie Phanatic Reading Eastern
10-Jun Dale Murphy Hickory South Atlantic
11-Jun Dwier Brown, who played John Kinsella in the movie Field of Dreams Rochester International
14-Jun Brian Jordan Charlotte International
15-Jun Bobby Valentine Lakewood South Atlantic
17-Jun Washington Nationals Racing Presidents Harrisburg Eastern

Dave Winfield on the 2008 Negro Leagues Player Draft

Yesterday, I posted some information on MLB’s 2008 Negro Leagues Player Draft. Here are a few comments from Dave Winfield, courtesy of the African American Registry: