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The Pro Yakyu Report 1.34 - Psychological Advantage of Scoring First

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The Pro Yakyu Report 1.34 - Psychological Advantage of Scoring First
Anthony Pang asked if there was any advantage to scoring first. That's a good question, and one that some data analysis may be able to bring to light. So this week I analyze the results of scoring first not only in Japanese baseball, but also with respect to the Korean Baseball Organization and Major League Baseball.

Follow Up

Regarding the Mr. NPB show a couple of weeks ago, further research found that "Gypsy" Osamu Gotoh spent 3 years playing for the Robins at ni-gun, which adds a franchise to his otherwise 6 teams resulting in having played for 7 franchises overall. The full report will be published in Japanese in "Baseball Magazine" that will hit the book stores on September 19 here in Japan.

Pocket Calendar

The Tokyo Swallows Podcast #16 came out last Friday, August 16. I give a quick summary in this video, or you could just listen for yourself here.

The Japan Baseball Weekly Podcast comes out tomorrow, Monday, August 19. John talks with the Giants' Scott Mathieson, the pair discuss the continued success of Ma-kun, then they plan on continuing their MVP debate. I've also been informed that one of the listener questions to be addressed is one I submitted too late for last week's show.

Finally, the Summer Koshien Tournament will conclude at the end of this coming week, weather permitting. And with that in mind, I plan on interviewing Edwin Dizon next weekend for a big review. If you have any questions or comments you'd like the high school tournament expert to answer, please comment below or send me an e-mail, the address mentioned in the show.



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