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To earn the title of Kaibutsu, or “monster,” one of the highest honors for young Japanese baseball players, a pitcher must be able to dominantly throw hundreds of pitches over a few days – harmful pitch counts by American standards. T.J. Quinn reports the American way of preserving arms runs counter to Japan’s culture and tradition.
Chris Jones writes for ESPN The Magazine that the future of Japanese baseball culture depends on the right arm of 16-year-old Tomohiro Anraku.
“There have been times where I was tired but, in the end, as long as you don’t injure yourself, I believe pitching through it in spite of how tired you are. It is part of Japan’s high school baseball as well as Japan’s culture.” — Tomohiro Anraku, 16-year-old Japanese pitcher who threw 232 pitches in one game
“If you think of the person, you should say, ‘no.’ But it’s Japanese culture. If the manager says, ‘You can’t pitch,’ then the people of the town and the pitcher’s mother and father will say that the manager is no good.” – Hiroshi Gondoh, former pitcher and legendary Japanese pitching coach
Mike Fish and Dana O’Neil write: “In recent days, influential conference power brokers such as SEC commissioner Mike Slive, Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby and ACC commissioner John Swofford have been publicly and loudly calling for change in the organization Emmert oversees, while also questioning its entire leadership structure.”
In August 1980, a fishing trip to Delaware Bay prevented the National League from adopting the Designated Hitter. The day votes were cast, terms of implementing the rule changed, and Phillies team officials could not reach an angling owner Ruly Carpenter to consult on how to vote. Jeremy Schaap reports.
“Well, when you’re out fishing, having your daughter and Goddaughter with you, and you’re having fun catching a few fish, I just kept thinking, ‘I wonder what poor old Bill Giles is going through in that meeting.'” — Ruly Carpenter, Phillies owner 1972-81
“I went with the instructions to vote for it. And when the discussion came up about the DH we were informed the DH would not be effective until a year and a half later, so I didn’t know what to do.” –Bill Giles, Phillies VP 1969-1981
Undefeated in two years of UFC competition, featherweight Ricardo “The Bully” Lamas, of Mexican and Cuban descent, has the reputation of bullying opponents. While that style works inside the octagon, outside he is leading a campaign to prevent bullying in his hometown of Chicago.
ESPN Legal Analyst Roger Cossack was on the road Wednesday, but had the home field advantage as a lawyer reporting from Attleboro (Mass.) District Court for a hearing on the murder charge facing former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez.
“There is a sense of energy and immediacy that comes from being on site,” Cossack said following a full day of analysis with reporter Michele Steele and Producer Andrea Pelkey. “On site I feel that I’m part of the cast.”
When sports is forced into the news section of the media, the Washington, D.C.-based Cossack is frequently found breaking down the legalese for sports fans from a local studio, or from one near Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif. where he is a Distinguished Visiting Practitioner in Residence in Pepperdine’s School of Law.
“Having him onsite gives our reporter on location a well-informed resource, and adds depth and breadth to our coverage,” said Sr. Coordinating Producer Mike Leber. “Roger has the ability to explain even the most complicated legal matters in a clear, concise manner for the viewer, and I would expect Roger to be a regular part of our coverage and a tremendous asset as this trial continues.”
Being on-site also opened Cossack’s reporting to the court of public opinion:
“Michele (@ESPNMichele) brought me kicking and screaming into Twitterworld (@RogerCossack),” he said. “But it’s important for me to answer the legal questions that our viewers have, and being connected will help me to do that.”