Categories Archives: Book Reviews

Katsuya Nomura – Thinking Baseball

Having read only one Katsuya Nomura book prior to this one (and not liking it much), I picked this one up only because of the man’s reputation as a great thinking player and manager. His obnoxious octogenarian rants, I can do without. Well, this book co

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Norihiro Akahoshi – The Decision

Last year, I had the pleasure (and sometimes pain) of digging deep into team history to learn about some of the all-time greats. The fruits of my labor are an entire section of the website dedicated to legendary players and elite (and notorious) imports.

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Book Review – White Ball Crosses the Pacific

My worst subject in school was history. By a long shot. I could memorize the numbers and dates without a problem, but I couldn’t get excited about what people did centuries before I was born. Masaru Ikei’s book 白球太平洋を渡る (White

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Book Review – What Bass Wanted to Say This Year

What if you had been able to befriend Ichiro Suzuki in Seattle back in 2001? You, a regular guy who had spent 7 or so years in Japan and knew the language, and could help him adjust to the new league, culture and country. And after his historic season, yo

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Book Review: Put Your Life on the Line

While I enjoyed the first book I read by current Hanshin manager Tomoaki Kanemoto (Prepare and Proceed, 2008), I still questioned its timing. He was still mid-career and was not coming off any major event (championship, surgery, retirement, etc.). But thi

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