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For American ballplayers in Japan: uncertainty

Mar 17, 2011, 5:11 PM EDT

Randy Ruiz

The crisis in Japan is not a baseball story, but baseball is Japan’s biggest sport and this is a baseball blog so to the extent there is anything worthwhile about those two worlds intersecting, I’m inclined to link it.

The latest: a story about former Blue Jay Randy Ruiz, who plays for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles, who call Sendai — Japan’s hardest-hit city — home.

The Golden Eagles weren’t immediately affected by the earthquake/tsunami, as they were playing several hundred miles away at the time. But Ruiz’s account gives us at least a small glimpse into what’s going on with foreigners in Japan to play baseball.  Confusion mostly. Hard decisions about whether to stay or go.

Stuff about American ballplayers in Japan is not essential reading given how serious the situation is on the ground, but it’s interesting all the same.

  1. pmcenroe - Mar 18, 2011 at 9:09 AM

    I always like Randy Ruiz, wish he’d get at least 300 PA in the MLB one day to see what he can really do. Had some obvious flaws in his swing, but the guy got it done through his minor league career and a couple cups of coffee.

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