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Wladimir Balentien hit his 52nd homer

Aug 30, 2013, 11:33 AM EDT

Wladimir Balentien AP

I’m still keeping tabs on Wladimir Balenien’s assault on the NPB home run record. He went yard again:

Former major leaguer Wladimir Balentien hit his 52nd home run of the season on Friday to move within three of Japanese baseball’s season record. Balentien’s Yakult Swallows have 30 games remaining in the regular season for him to equal the record of 55 set by Sadaharu Oh in 1964 and matched by ex-major leaguers Tuffy Rhodes in 2001 and Alex Cabrera in 2002.

In other news, you should read Walter Cromartie’s book “Slugging it Out in Japan” and Robert Whiting’s “You Gotta Have Wa.” There may be more recent books about the non-Japanese playing baseball in Japan, but those are the two I read and I liked ‘em.

  1. toggablogga - Aug 30, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    Wow, good going!

  2. slartibartfast4242 - Aug 30, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    I never knew that Yakult swallows.

    • jwbiii - Aug 30, 2013 at 12:06 PM

      Yakult is a mixture of milk and yogurt, so spitting isn’t going to do you any good.

  3. paulhargis53 - Aug 30, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    Cro’s book is really good. Oh came off as a really good man in the book to, maybe not so great at managing though.

    With 30 games left, can they actually not pitch to him for that long?!

    I know they did it to Bass, 25,years ago, but not with more than a handful of games to go.

    Oh was considered 1/2,Gaijin anyway because he wasn’t full Japanese, why do they care?

  4. fearthehoody - Aug 30, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    I always tell my dates spitters are quitters! Go swallows!

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