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The Asian Reporter
Pacific Northwest News q Volume 24 Number 14 q July 21, 2014 q www.asianreporter.com
Japan high school baseball
looks to save pitchers
finally stomps to Japan
18” roll-up screen
unveiled in Seoul
PROTECTING PITCHERS. Masahiro Tanaka of the New York Yankees pitches during a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium in the South Bronx,
New York. The marathon pitching exploits of Japan’s high school baseball players may soon be a thing of the past. Tanaka, a standout in Japanese high school baseball,
was recently placed on the 15-day disabled list with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. (AP Photo/Tomasso DeRosa)
By Jim Armstrong
AP Sports Writer
OKYO — The marathon pitching
exploits of Japan’s high school
baseball players may soon be a
thing of the past.
Japan’s High School Baseball Federa-
tion is considering introducing measures
such as a tiebreaker and pitch-count limits
in order to protect the health of the
country’s future stars.
New York Yankees right-hander Masa-
hiro Tanaka, who was recently placed on
the 15-day disabled list with a partially
torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right
elbow, was a standout in Japanese high
school baseball. He led his high school
team to a championship in 2005.
New York Mets pitcher Daisuke Matsu-
zaka, who had elbow surgery in 2011,
gained notoriety for throwing 250 pitches
in 17 innings at the summer high school
tournament in 1988 after a 148-pitch com-
plete-game shutout the previous day.
Tomohiro Anraku, who many consider
the future of Japanese baseball, took the
mound recently and pitched a complete-
game shutout in an 8-0 win in a qualifying
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