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We have already reached the quarterfinal stages of the tournament and things are starting to heat up. It’s funny because I somehow still have the feeling that there are a lot of teams involved in the outcome of the competition, but now there are only eight schools left. Make that six, as two quarterfinals took place last night. Speaking of schoolkids playing baseball there is a nice article about the German “wunderkind” Max Kepler-Rozicky which can be found at a rather unusual place (via MLBtraderumors). I didn’t know the Wall Street Journal had a sports section. (more…)

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Today Germany is awaiting what looks like to be the hottest day of the year so far. Weather forecast predicted temeratures of around 37°C which I personally believe is way too much if you have to work in an office. Still it has to be even harder to play a sport under such conditions and considering the humidity in Japan I believe I don’t want to trade places with the boys playing in Osaka.
Meanwhile Deanna put the 2nd part of her trip to Koushien up on her blog. Some nice pictures there again. Don’t expect her to talk about the weather though.
Talking about the games today saw another stellar appearance by Hamanaki Higashi‘s ace 3rd year Yuusei Kikuchi, probably the player who gets most of the attention and who will likely be the star of the tournament. (more…)

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I am still a bit under the influence of Sunday’s football match I watched at the stadium in which Fortuna Cologne got a red card in the very first minute of play. Hilarious. Also a fan fell down the terraces at Aachen‘s new stadium while the home team was losing to St. Pauli 0-5.
Somehow I haven’t reverted my usual sleeping rhythm back to normal so I would have been able to watch some of last night’s games. But had I done that I wouldn’t be standing here today. Unfortunately the only way to catch a few glimpses of last night’s action came through the highlights. (more…)

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From now on I won’t be able to write about the games on a regular basis as my work schedule changed back to normal. I had some problems getting out of bed today and I definetely didn’t get enough sleep last night. Still I was surprised to find the last game of today still up and running. I didn’t expect that to happen.  In the meantime be sure to check out what Deanna has to say about her trip to Koushien. She’s also got some very nice pictures there (as always). I think I like the one of those two Nihon Bunri players best.  And for the Inning-by-inning reports go to the always hard working Goro Shigeno‘s site. (more…)

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The nightshifts of the past week finally caught up with me and sent me to bed early last night so I wasn’t able to watch a complete game at all. I sticked around long enough to catch a glimpse of the PL Gakuen game though and I was very impressed by the turnout at the stadium. The game started at 8:30 am local time at Osaka and the place was packed. PL Gakuen is the Osaka prefecture representative, of course, but I didn’t expect so many people to show up at such an early time. If this was taking place here people would still be in bed at such a time. (more…)

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NPBTracker posted a great article about the different approach on pitch counts. Now I have never thrown a baseball, so I don’t know anything about how fast your arm will tire if you keep on throwing for a long time, but I just don’t see the point of taking out a pitcher as soon as a certain number of pitches is reached. Especially when the guy on the mound keeps throwing good stuff. I my opinion you rob yourself of winning a game if you hand it over to another pitcher. (more…)

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While tempers were flaring high in MLB with the Tigers and the Red Sox or the Dodgers and the Giants going for each other’s throats in benches clearing brawls, it’s always nice to see how well behaved and friendly the players interact at Koushien. Actually I like this a lot more as it increases the tempo of the game. Things move a lot faster when there aren’t that many discussions. (more…)

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