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Japanese high school baseball game goes 50 innings; starters throw 700 pitches each

Sep 1, 2014, 11:40 AM EDT

WTF face

Via Deadspin, a data point that Japanese baseball is a bit different than what we’re used to. Specifically, a high school game which lasted 50 innings and was played over four separate days. It was 0-0 through 49 innings and ended with a score of 3-0 following a 50th inning rally by the visiting team.

The kicker: the same two starting pitchers pitched all 50 innings each. Which, even though it was broken up over four days, is a crazy, crazy workload. One pitcher tossed 709 pitches. The other threw 689.

So, yeah, that happened.

  1. jerze2387 - Sep 1, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    Was dusty baker the manager??

    • Glenn - Sep 1, 2014 at 1:20 PM

      I figured it was LaRussa saving his bullpen.

  2. thatsnuckinfuts - Sep 1, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    More proof that Truman made the right choice and saved millions of lives.

    • sophiethegreatdane - Sep 1, 2014 at 12:07 PM

      Some, apparently, were more worth saving than others.

      • thatsnuckinfuts - Sep 1, 2014 at 1:02 PM

        Too soon? LMAO at Americas liberal PC garbage who can’t take a joke a 80 years later after the fact. Another reason why your country is spinning down the crapper and tearing itself apart.

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - Sep 1, 2014 at 1:06 PM

        Hahahaha, instantly murdering 140,000 civilians and permanently damaging hundreds of thousands more is sooooo funny!

      • blacksables - Sep 1, 2014 at 2:50 PM

        Really. A country started a war with us via sneak attack, brutalized and en-slaved soldiers (I guess you don’t know anything about Bataan or Singapore), and in order to end the war, a method was used that saved an estimated 1,000,000 casualties is now considered ‘murder’? Against an enemy that declared war on us?

        Wow, you really are a sick, twisted person. You just don’t have any kind of concept of the real world, do you?

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - Sep 1, 2014 at 5:21 PM

        method was used that saved an estimated 1,000,000 casualties is now considered ‘murder’?

        So what part of “civilians” was so difficult to understand? And does someone have the right to bomb us because of the Trail of Tears, our genocide of Native Americans, horrific treatment of African Americans, etc?

      • Ren Ignatiago - Sep 1, 2014 at 7:54 PM

        I believe the Bataan march was a violation in the rule of war or probably not… About the sneakin part which is Pearl Harbor it’s somewhat a deception strategy, normally that leads to winnin a part in the war.

        Still, I don’t see a reason why someone would brought this up now… As a Filipino myself, that horrible march is a landmark for our heroes and your heroes, those who took part against the opposition. It’s history that’ll never be forgotten but rather we should move forward ahead and take knowledge on how terrible war is.

      • stercuilus65 - Sep 1, 2014 at 8:32 PM

        Once Copo gets over his hissy fit he really needs to get his numbers correct.

      • historiophiliac - Sep 1, 2014 at 9:58 PM

        I’ll be so glad when that stupid myth about dropping the bomb to save lives dies.

      • stercuilus65 - Sep 3, 2014 at 1:32 AM

        It’s no myth, get over it.

    • mybrunoblog - Sep 1, 2014 at 1:16 PM

      That’s a pretty crummy joke. Damn, I hope it’s a joke because that’s just sick. I happen to agree with what Truman did but it was still a horrible part of a war. Joking about it is weak. Good luck this week when you start the 6th grade.

      • thisdamnbox - Sep 1, 2014 at 3:33 PM

        And it just wasn’t very clever or funny…I love dark humor and offensive humor, but that was just unfunny…

    • Ren Ignatiago - Sep 2, 2014 at 8:15 AM

      Very offensive comment comin from you nuts… If you may, then go change your user name to ” I’mfu*****nuts”.

      • thatsnuckinfuts - Sep 2, 2014 at 9:22 AM

        Oh shut up tool. Japanesse don’t know when to quit and had no problem sending millions to their death in the name of honor.

        Blame your distgusting culture, not me

      • thatsnuckinfuts - Sep 2, 2014 at 9:26 AM

        Hard to say who’s the most racist country on the planet, Japan or South Korea you’re all terrified of blacks, since you’re all convinced they are the devil. You hate whites, you especially hate white Americans. You still treat women like property, you have an accepted culture thing going on with old men having sex with under 16 year old girls that’s “no big deal”

        Piss on Japan, the Koreas and pretty much the entire Asian race.

    • Ren Ignatiago - Sep 2, 2014 at 9:35 AM

      Whatever, still, you don’t know anythin about modernization. History evolves, peoples way of thinkin evolves and so does anyones culture. You’re statement is so far off and idiotic. If you’re blamin the present Japanese people today cause of what they’ve done in the past? Then you’re definitely the one who should change and move on.

    • Ren Ignatiago - Sep 2, 2014 at 9:40 AM

      “Blame your disgusting culture, not me”

      And besides, I’m a Filipino. All I’m sayin is just move on and face what happened. Hatred towards one country isn’t goin to change anything… Hatred is truly a terrible cycle.

  3. johnnysoda - Sep 1, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    I thought I had clicked on an Onion article for a second.

  4. Ren Ignatiago - Sep 1, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    Koshien tourneys doesn’t end in ties if you compared it to NPB games, mostly the Ace pitchers are notably the ones goin the distance if the games is a close scorin ones or in tie games all the way. Mostly, it’s all about the pitchers decision if they want to continue or not just as long they prove a good show… Still, I can’t believe just how Koshien managers are relyin on them to go the distance so much in these games especially with the Summer Koshien tourney just ended sometime around last month, with almost all ace starting pitchers averagin around more than 100 plus pitches per game.

    • Ren Ignatiago - Sep 1, 2014 at 11:57 AM

      Where the hell is that Yano guy when you need some reliable info about this? It’s been sometime now since his last post here.

  5. 14thinningstretch - Sep 1, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    1980 Billy Martin approves.

  6. SocraticGadfly - Sep 1, 2014 at 12:06 PM

    So, did Tanaka ever pitch in a high school game like this? Maybe he had more miles on his arm than the Yankees knew?

    • Ren Ignatiago - Sep 1, 2014 at 12:12 PM

      Yes he did back in 2006, they lost in the finals against their rivals Waseda Jitsugyo with ace Saito Yuki on the mound for em.

  7. papalurchdxb - Sep 1, 2014 at 12:06 PM

    Both pitchers have been scheduled for TJ surgery in 2016

  8. chiadam - Sep 1, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    Lazy Americans.

    • SocraticGadfly - Sep 1, 2014 at 12:17 PM

      47 percent of American pitchers don’t actually pitch?

  9. RoyHobbs39 - Sep 1, 2014 at 12:18 PM

    What amazes me is that the predetermined stopping point is 54 innings. At that point the game stops and a “lottery” is used to pick the winner. What was the rational behind 54 innings? Was is “Well we can let them go the equivalent of five full games, but six? No way!”

    And I would also like to know a few more things: When was the next game pitched by either of these guys? What was their ERA entering the game and leaving the game? And what kind of pitches were they throwing? Even a knuckleballer has to get tired with that kind of load.

    • [citation needed] fka COPO - Sep 1, 2014 at 12:24 PM

      According to the deadspin piece, the ball is different than a normal one which significantly suppresses offense. Not like it matters, I’m sure both pitchers were throwing like Ed Harris out there. There was probably a run on vagisil in the later innings.

      • Ren Ignatiago - Sep 1, 2014 at 12:32 PM

        Correct, the ball is somewhat softer than the NPB used Baseballs. Which makes the grip slightly easier than most regularly used Baseball by the pros.

    • Ren Ignatiago - Sep 1, 2014 at 12:28 PM

      I’ve been watchin some Koshien games for some time now, based on observation… what they threw are mostly offspeed pitches and breaking balls. If they threw a heater, mostly it touches around 142 to 145 kmph.

      However, in this game… I doubt they’re throwin ball speeds at those rate… Especially when you see a game like this.

    • deep64blue - Sep 1, 2014 at 3:39 PM

      When was the next game pitched by either of these guys?

      The winning pitcher then pitched in relief the same afternoon in the final!!

  10. clydeserra - Sep 1, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    what is amazing is the signing. after 50 innings of a high school game.

  11. dcbear90 - Sep 1, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    Came here to make a Dusty Baker joke but should have known it was too easy.

    • DJ MC - Sep 1, 2014 at 12:30 PM

      No one here has made a “Keith Law’s head explodes” joke yet. You could do that one.

  12. DJ MC - Sep 1, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    Someone should write a book about this.

    I don’t know how the high school tournament works in Japan, so maybe they play games every day and sometimes ride good starters for as many games in a row as possible. That would make this less insane (since it was over four days), though still pretty interesting. Especially so if either pitcher is a pro prospect.

    • Ren Ignatiago - Sep 1, 2014 at 12:37 PM

      They play and win in order for em to get into the qualifyin round. They play mostly everyday (practice games included). This game is probably an exhibition game for the upcomin Spring Koshien.

      • hkeni - Sep 1, 2014 at 6:28 PM

        this was the national rubber baseball tournament, they use the suspended game format rather than start a new game after a 15 inning tie during tournaments. these players are in a different ball club from the hardball teams which compete for koshien, so this is their tournament as they won’t be able to play at koshien.

        there are summer practice games going on for the hardball teams right now, but they are bascially in summer training. games for spring koshien happen in the fall before meiji jingu tournament

  13. cubbynaz - Sep 1, 2014 at 12:34 PM

    Can you say say on ara

  14. vallewho - Sep 1, 2014 at 12:56 PM

    Make the TJ appointments now…2-for-one.

  15. getsome99 - Sep 1, 2014 at 2:09 PM

    I don’t understand the photo that goes with this story. Is this supposed to be racist?

    • paul621 - Sep 1, 2014 at 5:30 PM

      I don’t really get it either (probably just used for the confused expression), but I highly doubt they would post anything that’s “supposed to be racist.”

  16. sportsfan18 - Sep 1, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    OK, I know there’s a difference between Japan and the U.S.

    maybe a pitch count here of 100 is too much.

    But letting a high school kid pitch 4 consecutive days and throw roughly 150 pitches each day is going way too far the other way.

    most folks know that they throw more pitches in Japan than they do here but they don’t pitch every 5 days in pro ball there either… and that makes sending the same young man out there for four consecutive days even more wrong.

    Again, they throw a lot of pitches over there in a game, but then get a lot of time off.

    Japan’s pitchers have much fewer instances of TJ surgery too. Something they do is right and I think it’s the time off and again, 4 consecutive days of pitching goes against the Japanese culture of pitching as they use 6 man rotations and get 5 days off at a minimum between starts and many times 6 days due to an off day for the team.

  17. serbingood - Sep 1, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    The pitchers in the game appear to have made more pitches in a period of days than Carl Pavano made in several years with the Yankees. I wonder if NY had any scouts there?

  18. onbucky96 - Sep 1, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    Picard: Q! What the Hell are you doing?
    Q: Ah, Mon Capitan! I’m just testing the limits of your meager human pitching.

  19. jpalughi823 - Sep 1, 2014 at 7:40 PM

    I don’t even have anything witty to say after reading this lol

  20. muckthefets23 - Sep 2, 2014 at 12:32 AM

    I’m with onbucky96 on this one, the Jean Luc Picard photo is hilarious in and of itself… I mean haven’t you seen the Picard memes?!!

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