Mar 17, 2011, 5:11 PM EDT
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.
- Joey Gallo earns Futures Game MVP honors after leading Team USA to victory 3
- Major League Baseball needs to shift the All-Star week schedule 42
- Braves suspend Dan Uggla one game for being extremely tardy on Saturday in Chicago 33
- Cliff Lee on track to return to Phillies’ rotation July 21 4
- MRI shows biceps strain, no structural damage, for Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann 2
- Settling the Score: Saturday’s results 22
- Reds hope to get Joey Votto back for the “stretch run” 8
- Jean Segura leaves Brewers following the death of his nine-month-old son 47
- Shocker: the Red Sox publicly criticize A.J. Pierzynski after cutting him (192)
- Masahiro Tanaka diagnosed with partially-torn UCL in elbow (114)
- Giants broadcaster says Angel Hernandez “does not belong in the big leagues” (102)
- David Ortiz is not pleased that his name got pulled into the John Lackey-Nelson Cruz thing (99)
- Woman knocked unconscious during fight between A’s and Giants fans outside AT&T Park (84)