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March 25, 2016 [LINK / comment]
Opening Day! Baseball in Japan
Opening Day is still ten days away in the U.S. of A., but in the Land of the Rising Sun the 2016 season for professional baseball has officially begun. The Nipponese version of the Yankees, the Yomiuri Giants, won their opener (at home in the Tokyo Dome) by a score of 3-1, over the Yakult Swallows. See Nippon Professional Baseball Organization (NPB).
Ichiro's swan song
On the subject of Japanese baseball, this is expected to be Ichiro Suzuki's final year in the majors. With 2,935 career hits in the majors (not counting about 1,300 hits during his nine years with the Orix in Japan), the Miami Marlins outfielder is well within reach of crossing the landmark 3,000 threshold this year. It should happen some time in midsummer.
Tokyo Dome update
To mark the occasion of Japan's Opening Day, I updated the Tokyo Dome page with a dynamic diagram for the first time. Much like the Rogers Centre diagrams, which I updated last year, it shows the support pillars and roof, helping make sense of the unique symmetrical and asymmetrical features of the architectural design. Two of the best photographic sources I used were Zack Hample (famed baseball snagger) and Craig Lotter. Enjoy!
The last diagram update for the Tokyo Dome was in March 2009 -- not as old and moldy as some of my diagrams, but close. Soon after the last MLB games played there ( Spring 2012), I wrote "I'll have to update that diagram sometime soon..." Sooner or later, that is!
And speaking of updates, the Japanese Leagues page is in dire need of one... In the mean time, you can check out Yakyujo - Ballparks in Japan, and japanball.com.
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January 21, 2016 ~ R.I.P. Glenn Frey
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January 31, 2016 ~ Presidential campaign begins
February 6, 2016 ~ Fall bird migration season 2015
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February 21, 2016 ~ 2016 primaries: populists propel polarization
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March 26, 2016 ~ Trump triumphs, Republican Party implodes
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April 18, 2016 ~ R.I.P. Alan L. Clem
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April 30, 2016 ~ Trump & Clinton take commanding leads
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July 8, 2016 ~ Soras breeding in the Valley!
July 13, 2016 ~ Redistricting reform movement is growing
July 16, 2016 ~ The Nationals' starting rotation
August 5, 2016 ~ New page: Stadium profiles!
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September 25, 2016 ~ Nationals win National League East Division
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October 2, 2016 ~ Nationals' regular season ends on a high note
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