Japanese season home run record now held by four players. Thursday, September 12, 2013
Sadaharu Oh - ethnic Chinese, born in Japan
Tuffy Rhodes - American
Alex Cabrera - Venezuelan
Wladimir Balentien - Curacaon
Interesting mix. Balentien just tied the record with his 55th home run and he still has many games to play. These posts address the subject:
Friday, September 6, 2013
many of Balentien's HR were hit with the juiced baseball
Balentien went on to hit 60 home runs in 2013 in only 439 At Bats (AB) and, yes, some were hit with juiced baseballs. But after the baseball issue had been addressed by the Japanese leagues, in 2014 and 2016 in Japan Balentien has hit 31 HR each season in these AB: 366, 457.
Bats: Right • Throws: Right
6-2, 220 lb
Born: July 2, 1984 (Age: 32 and 262 days) in Willemstad, CW
Balentien played in MLB for Seattle and Cincinnati: 559 PA, .655 OPS. Not terrible. Balentien played in the USA most recently in 2010 in AAA: 452 PA, .873 OPS.
AAA: 1,271 PA, .886 OPS
2016 in Japan: 537 PA, .885 OPS; 31 HR in 457 AB
So, what the heck, why not try the guy?
Teams have turned away from one dimensional players and are reluctant to do anything different. This is part of the current do something different thing, aka conventional wisdom. They're such chickens.