Here are some random links and stories that may interest you:
Among the 12 finalists for the “Expansion Era” ballot of the Hall of Fame Veterans’ Committee: Bobby Cox, Joe Torre, Tony LaRussa, Marvin Miller, Billy Martin, Tommy John and George Steinbrenner. I have to think that at the very least Cox, Torre and LaRussa will get in, and Miller SHOULD too (possibly others), although he should have years ago…
The Rakuten Eagles won the Japan Series in 7, beating out the mighty Yomiuri GIants. Masahiro Tanaka, the ace who will likely come to America this winter and who had lost in Game 6 for the first time after 30 straight starts without a loss, got the save.
However, the season isn’t over yet for Rakuten, as the Asia Series is coming up in Taiwan. The Asia Series is, as the name suggests, a tournament of the best teams in Asia, although an Australian and now a European team are also involved, partly because Mainland China’s league no longer is professional. However, the Asian Series is often treated as something of an exhibition, at least by the Japanese (Yakyu Baka notes that the Eagles won’t send Tanaka or the foreign players like Andruw Jones to it, for example), and in previous years crowds haven’t been good, especially for games not featuring the “home” team. The teams taking part in the tournament are the Uni-President 7-Eleven Lions (CPBL champions), Samsung Lions (KBO champions), Fortitudo Bologna (European Cup champions, from Italy), Canberra Cavalry (last season’s Australian champions), EDA Rhinos (CPBL runners-up), and the aforementioned Rakuten Eagles (NPB champions).
Finally, there will be more Arizona Fall League on TV this week!