Isao Harimoto: The Greatest Hitter in Japanese Baseball History

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On a nice Spring afternoon in 1959, our father took us to see the Toei Flyers (now called the Nippon Ham Fighters… of Yu Darvish fame) play the Nankai Hawks at Namba Yakyujo, home of the Hawks in Osaka, Japan. The Flyers’ left fielder was an emerging rookie named Isao Harimoto, a left-hander who was […]

AL MVP 2011: Justin Verlander

In 2011, Verlander became the first Tiger since Bill Gullickson in 1991 to win 20 games, and the first big leaguer since Curt Schilling (2002) to reach 20 wins before the end of August.

Well, here we go again. The argument for infinity. Is it legitimate to award a pitcher the Most Valuable Player trophy, particularly the AL MVP 2011? There are as many arguments for–as against–this premise. Monday, November 21st, 2011, saw the best pitcher on the planet, the Detroit Tigers’ Justin Verlander, win the AL MVP Award, […]