Thursday, April 21, 2005

Japanese Baseball Players Take A Swing At American Minor League

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A group of Japanese ballplayers will soon be leaving their country to take a swing at the American minor leagues.

Starting May 25, the Japan Samurai Bears will become the first ever Japanese sports team to play all of its games in America.

The Samurai Bears will play 90 games as part of the inaugural season of the Golden Baseball League, a minor league featuring eight teams based in California and Arizona.

Former Japanese league superstar Warren Cromartie is coaching the team and he figures his players will give American teams lots of competition because “they’re aggressive, good with fundamentals and take the game seriously.”

As far as culture shock, Cromartie says he’s the one most at risk. As he puts it, “Most of these guys have been to America, but I’ve never been to Arizona.”

There is a difference between Japanese and American baseball but Cromartie insists, “We’re just like the Bad News Bears – except we eat sushi!”

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