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    Red Sox sign RHP Hirokazu Sawamura, 2 yr/$2.4M

    No need - I agree with the general thrust of your post, we're just parsing terms like 'elite' at this stage. I don't have much special insight beyond what you can find on BR. Sawamura was considered an elite closer at one point while Okajima never really was, and Oki always walked more guys. I...
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    Tiger Woods Car Accident - Ongoing News and Commentary

    sorry hadn't seen EE's post
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    Red Sox sign RHP Hirokazu Sawamura, 2 yr/$2.4M

    You know I've always found this so strange, and I don't know where it comes from. In a country where fundamentals are drilled into you all day everyday from the time you pick up a baseball, I don't know how so many hitches and twists make their way through the gauntlet to the bigs.
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    Red Sox sign RHP Hirokazu Sawamura, 2 yr/$2.4M

    Agree with this except for the bolded. Sawamura has been significantly better for most of his NPB career than Okajima was for his. Oki was signed in part to keep Matsuzaka company, and happened to develop his best pitch by accident in Spring Training after we'd already signed him. That said yes...
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    The Japanese government has privately concluded that the Olympics will be cancelled because of the coronavirus

    That all sounds kind of sucky for you, sorry. Are you still expected to go to Sendai for the opening rounds of baseball/softball, then back down here for the later rounds? How do they propose you get around - will they be putting you up near venues, and shuttling you to/from? re masks - I...
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    Red Sox sign RHP Hirokazu Sawamura, 2 yr/$2.4M

    Yep and Yep. This is the correct takeaway I think -- who knows what we're getting but for that money it's almost entirely upside. The change of scenery mid-season from Yomiuri to Lotte seemed to do him good; hopefully he also adjusts well to this much bigger change of scenery. His career once...
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    2020 Tompa Bay: Tom Tom Club

    Right, if people are still making this argument they are crazy, and will never be convinced, ever. Montana played 16 years and made the playoffs 11 times (.688). Brady is currently at 21 years and has made the playoffs 18 times (.857). That's including Brady's rookie year in 2000, obviously if...
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    2021: The Nation's Tears Are Still Here

    Sounds pretty Deep State-y. Whoever was saying that Deflategate presaged a lot of the QAnon type craziness was probably onto something.
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    MLB Offseason 2020 News & Notes

    Ma-kun is returning to Japan, back to his old team the Rakuten Golden Eagles up in Sendai. Article in Japanese EDIT - and some details in English here: https://jballallen.com/tanaka-coming-home/
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    Amazon Prime Video is doing a voice over and I can't shut it off

    Oh I got it!! I didn't realize you could change settings from within an episode, thought it had to be done beforehand on a more general screen. Fixed; hopefully I don't have to do it for each episode but at least I know how now. Many thanks for the help guys.
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    Amazon Prime Video is doing a voice over and I can't shut it off

    This is all within Amazon Prime Video? So Step 1 is just to hit play on The Expanse S5e1? Audio Descriptions are most definitely available, but I can't see anywhere that's an option to actually select. And how/where do I get to Step 2? Thank you.
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    Amazon Prime Video is doing a voice over and I can't shut it off

    Not a FireTV and have never had this issue before, it seems to have switched on (or i unwittingly switched it on) in the last week or so, despite using the TV for a few years and the Prime Video for I dunno, a year or so. How do I turn off assisted viewing?
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    Amazon Prime Video is doing a voice over and I can't shut it off

    I'm trying to watch Season 5 of The Expanse and there's a mechanical voice over telling me what's happening on the screen ("a door slides shut leaving Bobby with a bomb. She runs from the explosion." ) and I cannot figure out how to turn it off. I've looked in Amazon settings, and on generic...
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    2021 Padres: Gainin' On LA

    Darvish apparently learned of the trade like the rest of us, and tweeted as much: View: https://twitter.com/faridyu/status/1343753060473044996?s=20 "Credible sources are reporting I've been traded, but my phone hasn't rung. What kind of system is this?" It should be noted that Kim has mostly...
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    MLB Offseason 2020 News & Notes

    Sugano has indeed asked to be posted, here's a Japan Times article on it. From the article: Sugano is the biggest name of the four, and I think is probably a #2 or #3 starter. Arihara had a breakout last year (2.46/0.92) but regressed a bit in 2020. He's 28 and has a career ERA of 3.74 here. I...
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    MLB Offseason 2020 News & Notes

    The Yomiuri Giants have given ace RHP Tomoyuki Sugano permission to "explore" the MLB posting system. There's no guarantee he'll choose to be posted but if he does they'll accommodate him. He was 14-2 in 20 starts this year, 1.97 ERA/0.89 WHIP. As I mentioned in the NPB thread earlier in the...
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    NPB 2020

    Deanna Rubin at Marinerds is keeping a running blog of the draft in English: http://marinerds.blogspot.com/2020/10/draft-2020-blog-post.html She's a great follow on Twitter for NPB stuff.
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    NPB 2020

    The 2020 NPB draft is about to kick off. Live link if you want to follow along in Japanese: https://sportsbull.jp/stats/npb-draft2020/result/ EDIT: for anyone unfamiliar with the wacky NPB draft - every team submits the name of their preferred pick each round. If more than one team puts in...
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    NPB 2020

    Several NPB vets have announced their retirements, including ex-MLB pitchers Ryota Igarashi, Kyuji Fujikawa, and Hisashi Iwakuma. The first two were lights out closers before leaving NPB for MLB, but both threw very straight gas and got knocked around pretty good when they got Stateside...
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    NPB 2020

    Chiba Lotte Marines manager (and ex-White Sox 2B) Tadahito Iguchi has said he will try to have Rohki Sasaki make his debut this season, which is exciting. The Marines are 2 games behind SoftBank for the pennant and Iguchi said if Sasaki can help them win games, he'll pitch. Sasaki turns 19 in...