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David Eckstein: your destiny is calling

Jan 25, 2011, 12:33 PM EDT

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The mayor of Manila all but begs David Eckstein to come to The Philippines and help revive baseball:

“Baseball is once a popular sport here and we have a number of baseball stadiums before. But its popularity continue to wane because of basketball,” said Lim. Lim said sports leaders and other sponsors should channel some their resources in discovering more baseball talents since Filipinos have pretty good chances of excelling in the sport which does not need very tall players.

“It’s an exciting sport since height is not a big factor and sluggers are interesting to watch. American stars used to come here in Manila.”

That last part is true. Gleeman would probably remember this better than me, but someone at the SABR convention a couple of years ago gave a great presentation on baseball leagues in the Philippines during the early part of the 20th century, and about how U.S. players used to come through in the offseason to barnstorm.  It was pretty cool.

As would be another large-population country that goes baseball crazy. More people playing means more talent which means better baseball. Go Mayor Lim.

  1. natedawg321 - Jan 25, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    Lincecum is half-Filipino.

    • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Jan 25, 2011 at 1:07 PM

      I did not know that. Thanks for the edjoomakation, sir.

  2. BC - Jan 25, 2011 at 12:50 PM

    Eckstein is scrappy, but is he in the best shape of his life?
    PS. Murray Chass is a chipwich. (Just felt like throwing that in there again for no reason)

  3. geristrecker - Jan 26, 2011 at 3:17 PM

    I think you might be referring to my 2008 SABR presentation on the 1914 Manila League, when Oscar Charleston and Wilber “Bullet Joe” Rogan were playing on the 24th Infantry team??? Baseball was HUGE in the Philippines back then. When the U.S. took possession of the islands in 1898, we sent bats & balls along with soldiers–as “baseball follows the flag” diplomacy.

    • Craig Calcaterra - Jan 26, 2011 at 3:25 PM

      Yes! At the Cleveland convention. I loved your presentation!

  4. jhu1997 - Jan 28, 2011 at 2:22 AM

    Lim is closely related to my partner (we’re in the US). This is strange and awesome news to read on a baseball website. I’ll dig a bit to see if we have a direct connection to Filipino baseball.

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