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YES Network to broadcast one of Tanaka’s Japanese starts

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 04, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Masahiro Tanaka

The YES Network announced today that on February 10, at 7 p.m. ET, it will broadcast the June 9, 2013 Nippon Professional League game between the Rakuten Golden Eagles and the Yomiuri Giants. Why? Because Masahiro Tanaka started the game for the Golden Eagles and threw seven shutout innings. The YES broadcast will be provided in partnership with ONE World Sports, the TV home of the Yomiuri Giants.

Along with the broadcast announcement, YES passed along Tanaka scouting reports from John Flaherty, Ken Singleton and Al Leiter based on video they’ve seen.

John Flaherty
“His fastball looks like it has a little more movement than I heard it did. It sinks in a bit on right-handed hitters; not enough to call it a sinker, but enough that the hitter will pay attention. He threw a lot of sliders-cutters in this game. It looks like he has a lot of confidence in it and he threw it for strikes when he was behind in the count. That tells me that this is his off-speed pitch that a catcher can call anytime and have confidence that it will be a strike. Kind of a get-me-back-in-the-count pitch. … His curve ball might not be a strikeout pitch, but it could be used for a get-me-over strike on the first pitch of an at-bat. The split looks like the best swing-and-a-miss pitch for him. I thought he would throw it more but he picked his spots in this game. You can see how a catcher will go to that pitch when the game is on the line. … His delivery is simple and he loads up on his back leg well. He is quick to the plate out of the stretch, so Brian McCann is going to love that. It also looks like he is a good athlete and fields his position well.”

Ken Singleton
“I was impressed with his control. He is constantly working the corners with all of his pitches. Tanaka has enough fastball, a good curve, a slider and a top-shelf splitter. He was not afraid to use his curve and slider when behind in the count. All his pitches were quality.”

Al Leiter
I think Masahiro Tanaka’s repertoire and “stuff” plays very well. His fastball velocity will sit at the 91-93mph mark and occasional touch 95. He has a very good split that has great late action with good velocity. His split finger is his main secondary pitch and his slider is better than his curveball. … I really like his mound presence and disposition. He pitches with a fire in his belly and is emotionally involved. … I think Tanaka can be a front-end starter once he gets acclimated to the routine of American baseball.”

Just few other quick notes from today:

Banuelos· Interesting look at the Yankees farm system over at ESPN New York. Our friends Wally Matthews and Andrew Marchand quote one source who says Manny Banuelos could become a bullpen option out of spring training. Sounds more like that’s a theory based on how well Banuelos could pitch in big league camp, not based on any set-in-stone plan to have him tryout as a reliever. Interesting idea, though. The kid has a good arm. I would still fully expect him to open in the minors.

· From the remarkably thankless job of monitoring early workouts in Tampa, Anthony McCarron reports that Derek Jeter took more batting practice and took 32 ground balls at shortstop today.

· Among the other players McCarron spotted at the minor league complex today: J.R. Murphy, Dean Anna and Dave Robertson.

Associated Press photo of Tanaka, headshot of Banuelos





83 Responses to “YES Network to broadcast one of Tanaka’s Japanese starts”

  1. chicken_stanley February 4th, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    I’m in Portland on the 10th… Hope the hotel there carries YES (fat chance :( )

    I’m thinking a good idea for the pinch hitters series next year would be a post about the blog itself but I just can’t seem to get a handle on what exactly it should be… any thoughts? Surely we, collectively, can come up with a good idea… I’ve been on here close to a year and the interaction (good, bad, and ugly) is pretty amazing

  2. MTU February 4th, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    Unfortunately I do not get YES channel.

    I would love to see that start though.

  3. Howler February 4th, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    I’ll have to check it out…don’t think the hotels there carry YES…checked when I was last there.

  4. chicken_stanley February 4th, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    Hate to pose a question and run but I’ve got an early morning tomorrow. Have a good night all

  5. Howler February 4th, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    Are you able to check out any Yankee games otherwise? Divine Mormon intervention…turn one into a satellite dish?

  6. MTU February 4th, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    Take care Glenn.

  7. Howler February 4th, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    Maybe I’ll put in a pinch hitter piece…but I’m used to getting paid to write…but it’s been a long time.

  8. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 4th, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    1. I am a Brett Gardner fan and have said repeatedly that I thought the Yankees trading him would be a huge mistake. If he can somehow find the daring he had in the past when it came to outright stealing, I think we’ll have the total package back. I’ll take his offense and his defense any day.

    2. I wonder if Sherman’s admission on “stealing” Manning’s hand signals makes Manning feel any better – or worse. I guess that one is a double-edge sword.

    3. I suspend my sports package with DTV once the WS is over so I don’t get to watch anything on YES TV. Not sure I would bother even if I had it. I’ll be happy to see Tanaka perform on American soil, when it counts.

  9. MTU February 4th, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    “but I’m used to getting paid to write…but it’s been a long time.”

    How so ?

  10. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 4th, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    Waiting for the start of another snow storm, and an even bigger one on Sunday from what I hear. Now this is what I call winter!

  11. Howler February 4th, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    I like the idea of suspending the sports package on DTV when baseball is over, about the only thing I watch…the rest. I like Gardner, he’s a good player, but I think he can be replaced without too much difficulty. Perhaps with not the same type of player, but one who could do other things even better.

  12. Howler February 4th, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    I used to write for a paper, was a lead writer, and sports reporter for awhile, and also did a lot of freelance work.

  13. RadioKev February 4th, 2014 at 9:55 pm


    Did you see the pitch by pitch?

    Looks just like the scouting report. Fastball with a bit of action on it, good split, good slider, fair curve. Works quickly (but maybe that’s just the edits…), looks in control, and free & easy. The command really stands out. He misses over the plate just a few times, but for the most part he’s working the corners, and then up and down. Very few fat pitches.

    In a vacuum, I like what I see.

  14. MTU February 4th, 2014 at 9:58 pm


    Famous, huh ?

    And all this time I thought you were just a regular guy who liked the outdoors, Photography, and Malamutes.

    What a fool I’ve been.


  15. MTU February 4th, 2014 at 10:02 pm


    I have seen plenty of video clips but never an entire game.

    His split is terrific. Slider real good.

    2 types of FB’s.


    Only weak pitch is his curve.

    Mound presence and competitiveness off the charts.

    Excellent mechanics.

    Very excited to see how he fares against ML hitters.

    I think that split is going to drive them crazy.

  16. Howler February 4th, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    Hardly…mostly smaller sized papers…did it for a couple of years, and went back to it to do some sports reporting and photography.

  17. MTU February 4th, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    By the way, Leiter is not correct.

    Tanaka’s max velo is not 95.

    He’ been clocked as high as 97.

    He has an extra gear when he wants it.

    That’s good too because a good FB is needed to set up that killer split.


  18. Howler February 4th, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    Leiter is always correct…in his own mind :)

  19. MTU February 4th, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    Tanaka’s split is so good that even when you know it’s coming it’s hard to hit.

    Produces a lot of complete misses or weak swings.

    He can also change speeds on it and either bury it or throw it for a strike.

    What that means is that even a patient hitter is not going to be able to wait on it all the time.

    He has a lot weapons to keep hitters either off balance or to flat out dominate them.

    He is already a pitcher rather than a thrower.

    He should only get better as he gains experience.

    Kuroda should help immensely w that.


  20. MTU February 4th, 2014 at 10:25 pm


    Like Tanaka said.

    Let’s let his pitching do the talking.

    Time for the night crew to take it away.

    See you all Manana.

  21. Howler February 4th, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    have a good night…might close the book myself for awhile.

  22. MTU February 4th, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    You too Howler.

    Sweet dreams.


  23. Tar February 4th, 2014 at 10:35 pm


    I’m starting to notice names I’ve never seen before giving predictions. The skeptic in me is wondering if it is actual new (lurkers) people, or multiple screen name people trying to CHEAT. My suggestion is you should drop the prize aspect (ritter bars isn’t it?) out of it.

    Or possibly require a prior Lohud presence. Anyway just thought I mention it.

    Have to run, have a good night everyone.

  24. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 4th, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    I just met my favorite quote!!!

    The woman who does not require validation from anyone is the most feared individual on the planet Mohadesa Najumi

    Fear me, mother bleepers. Fear me.


  25. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 4th, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    Tar – I’ve noticed some new names also. But I never thought about the cheating aspect, as in multiples out to cheat. Of course, I wouldn’t. :D

    But I admit it did make me a bit curious. I just didn’t go beyond the curiousity phase.

    It wouldn’t be fair for me to drop the universally-desired prize (ha ha) only because I’ve already made it a part of the contest!

    You know, now that we’ve gotten Tanaka it is possible that new people have signed up since he is definitely a great draw!

  26. Howler February 4th, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    I swear I’ll never sign up as barker, growler or whiner…besides we’ve got plenty of whiners around here ;)

  27. Against All Odds February 4th, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    2. I wonder if Sherman’s admission on “stealing” Manning’s hand signals makes Manning feel any better – or worse. I guess that one is a double-edge sword.


    Probably worse

  28. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 4th, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    Against – I think you’re right.


  29. Against All Odds February 4th, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    Because he wasn’t able to make that adjustment and neither were the coaches.

  30. Wave Your Hat February 4th, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    I’m dubious about the signal stealing thing. Manning has been too successful for too long. I suspect Sherman was just having some fun.

  31. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 5th, 2014 at 1:11 am

    Wave, I don’t think that’s the case at all. I heard Sherman after the game and the kudos he was giving to Manning were unbelievable. He spoke of him as one of the greatest QB in the game, bound for the HOF (his words) and a total class act. I thought those quotes were kind of strange coming after Manning and the Broncos took an almost unprecedented hosing. After I read the article this morning regarding reading of hand signals, Sherman’s quotes made total sense to me.

    “We knew what route concepts they liked on different downs, so we jumped all the routes,” Sherman told after Sunday’s win. “Then we figured out the hand signals for a few of the route audibles in the first half. . . . Me, Earl [Thomas], Kam [Chancellor] . . . we’re not just three All-Pro players. We’re three All-Pro minds. Now, if Peyton had thrown in some double moves, if he had gone out of character, we could’ve been exposed.

    That doesn’t sound like funning to me.

  32. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 5th, 2014 at 1:12 am

    Should have read

    That doesn’t sound like funning to me. (no italics)

  33. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 5th, 2014 at 1:15 am

    I took a quick ride to our 24-hr. CVS about an hour ago and on the way home heard the end of some ESPN show that was probably a repeat from today. No idea who it was, but the sportscaster was talking about steroids, Arod, and penalties in general. He said that he believed the first offense should be 100 games without pay, the second offense should be an entire season and voiding of the contract. HELL YEAH!

    If they’re serious about it, make those the penalties. His penalty for the third offense was bye bye baseball.

  34. bardos February 5th, 2014 at 3:49 am

    Interesting thing I read today:

    Despite running about three hours, actual playing time in a Major League Baseball game is under 18 minutes.

    According to the Wall Street Journal’s own calculations, the 17 minutes and 58 seconds of action includes “balls in play, runner advancement attempts on stolen bases, wild pitches, pitches (balls, strikes, fouls and balls hit into play), trotting batters (on home runs, walks and hit-by-pitches), pickoff throws and even one fake-pickoff throw.” Take all those away, and the amount of time that is pure action on the field is about 5 minutes and 47 seconds.

  35. RhapsodyInBlue February 5th, 2014 at 6:29 am

    Balmy 24 degrees this morning expect 12-18 inches, started late last night.

    I haven’t see a plow yet. I won’t be going too far today.

  36. tomingeorgia February 5th, 2014 at 6:35 am

    Morning, RIB,
    Build a nice fire, brew another pot of coffee, and hunker down!

  37. blake February 5th, 2014 at 7:22 am

    Brisket was good Tom. I’ve about got it now ;)

  38. Ys Guy February 5th, 2014 at 7:26 am

    looks like we only got a couple of inches of snow in the greater newark area, but it’s sleeting out now.

  39. Ys Guy February 5th, 2014 at 7:31 am

    so here’s why aj burnett to the orioles doesnt bother me.

    last 3 seasons vs. al east:

    vs boston 3 starts 5.30 era
    vs. toronto 2 starts 4.76 era
    vs. tampa 3 start 6.35 era
    @camden yards 2 start 16.2 era

  40. tomingeorgia February 5th, 2014 at 7:37 am

    Glad the brisket turned out well. I’d make more of it if it weren’t so damned expensive.

  41. blake February 5th, 2014 at 7:43 am


    Yea….I found a small one and it was 15 bucks. Funny that the toughest cut on the cow would cost 5+ bucks a Lb

  42. pat February 5th, 2014 at 8:05 am

    Too many snow days this year. The kids will be going to school into July if this keeps up.

  43. pkyankfan69 February 5th, 2014 at 8:37 am

    Woke up to no power, not Surprising considering we had heavy wet snow sitting in the trees and ice a lot of last night… Today should be a blast!

    How about a nice Yankee trade/signing to give me something to do!

  44. Yankee Trader February 5th, 2014 at 8:38 am

    Good morning

    Morning tidbit on Tanaka:

    Tanaka threw twenty-eight pitches during his bullpen session (standing catcher) on Tuesday. Eighteen were with a no-wind-up delivery and ten from the set position.

    Source: Sanspo 2/4/2014

  45. Yankee Trader February 5th, 2014 at 8:40 am

    Blake and Tom

    Costco for brisket?

  46. MTU February 5th, 2014 at 8:46 am

    Good morning.

    8 days to P and C’s.

  47. Yankee Trader February 5th, 2014 at 8:46 am

    Baker’s agent, Scott Boras, said that he was nearing agreements for four of his clients, including Baker.

    Baker is signed now, leaving Oliver Perez, Francisco Rodriguez and Stephen Drew. I saw the rumor that had Boras saying that Drew will be willing to play 2nd or 3rd this season.

    Any updates on where those three might be signing? Nats want Perez?

  48. Cashmoney February 5th, 2014 at 8:48 am

    Morning, looking forward to some offensive excellence from Nunie, If I were him, I get my butt down to minor league complex and start working on every position except catching and cf. Nunie is going to be everywhere!

  49. mick February 5th, 2014 at 8:49 am


    No need for Baker?

  50. MTU February 5th, 2014 at 8:51 am


    Guess they were spooked by his D at 3b.

    Need is there.

  51. Yankee Trader February 5th, 2014 at 8:52 am

    Will these be the 13 position players to go North, if healthy?


  52. MTU February 5th, 2014 at 8:53 am


    Seems probable unless there is a trade.

  53. blake February 5th, 2014 at 8:54 am

    I got the one yesterday at a local supermarket….they don’t usually have small pieces just usually a whole brisket or whole flat….which is too much for me to cook most of the time.

  54. MTU February 5th, 2014 at 8:54 am

    Or acquisition.

  55. mick February 5th, 2014 at 8:54 am


    Hard to see how that theory holds with Nunez.

  56. blake February 5th, 2014 at 8:55 am

    Still hoping they sign Drew…..he’s just sitting there waiting for Cashman to offer 3 years. Would really make the club better and sure up their infield.

  57. RhapsodyInBlue February 5th, 2014 at 8:56 am

    Good idea Tom. A good day for a fire. I blew and scraped the driveways less then an hour ago, over an inch already. Had to go test the roads and get newspapers.

    I don’t see any plows. Roads are a mess.

  58. blake February 5th, 2014 at 8:57 am

    I really don’t think Nunez will be on the team. They have Ryan….they don’t need Nunez clogging up a roster spot.

  59. MTU February 5th, 2014 at 8:57 am


    I understand.

    If Roberts goes down they are going to have a problem.

  60. Cashmoney February 5th, 2014 at 8:58 am

    Nunie is a multi facet offensive threat!

  61. mick February 5th, 2014 at 8:59 am

    one thing on Drew: if he gets 3 years and ardo comes back next year they won’t want him at ss .despite 189 dead, frugality lives.

  62. RhapsodyInBlue February 5th, 2014 at 9:00 am

    I don’t think they’re interested in what the market offers at the present time.

    I believe we’ll have something before the trade deadline.

    Just doesn’t make sense they would come this far rebuilding and then stop.

  63. MTU February 5th, 2014 at 9:01 am

    “despite 189 dead, frugality lives.”


    Still a little more time though.

  64. Yankee Trader February 5th, 2014 at 9:01 am

    Any rumors what the Red Sox are offering in their supposed two year for Drew?

    Still need another bullpen arm or two. With all the inclement weather early in the regular season, I don’t expect the starters to go late in the games. Francisco Rodriguez is 32. Might he help or is he too young? :)

  65. tomingeorgia February 5th, 2014 at 9:01 am

    Brisket is expensive, period, wherever you get it.

  66. MTU February 5th, 2014 at 9:01 am

    New one ——–>

  67. Cashmoney February 5th, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Yanks are saving money for July IFA and Cuban exiles, I hope.

  68. mick February 5th, 2014 at 9:05 am

    If they make no more bullpen moves are they saying they are bold enough to rely on what they have and give them a chance or they are just not spending more money?

  69. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 5th, 2014 at 9:06 am

    blake, I admit I don’t read posts that don’t interest me (meaning I’m not keenly interested in the subject matter) so I admit I have not read a lot about Drew. I was dead set against getting him based on the scuttle on his performance in beantown. He was definitely formidable when it came to defense, which is extremely high on my list. But I thought everyone was interested in more offense.

    Can you tell me why you are so keen on Drew, if you don’t mind?


  70. Yankee Trader February 5th, 2014 at 9:06 am


    They have Ryan, but they will take another utility infielder, unless Tex starts the season on the DH and Russ Canzler opens the season at first.

    So if not the speedy right hand bat of Nunez, is that going to be Sizemore, Adonis Garcia, Anna, or will they jump in and sign the Cuban-Diaz when he becomes a FA in a few days?

  71. blake February 5th, 2014 at 9:15 am

    “Can you tell me why you are so keen on Drew, if you don’t mind?”

    a few reasons I’ve explained many times

    1) they are carrying tons of risk in their infield right now….age, injury, and performance risk. There isn’t a single one of the 4 infield spots that’s a “known” right now. If Jeter can’t play SS then that means Ryan who is a worse hitter than Chris Stewart has to play there.
    2) Drew’s market is depressed due to the draft pick attachment….he’s not a perfect player but I do think he’s going to be a good value for whoever signs him. He’s a great defender and really hits RHP…..he can’t hit lefties and he’s injury prone but that’s built into the price….you’re not paying for Troy Tulo here.
    3) The Yankees have spend half a billion dollars this winter….they have blow past a budget number they positioned for for 3 years and have already lost all their draft picks for the June draft……so why leave such a gaping hole in the infield when there is a decent option there to fill it?
    4) the yankees need 3 infielders long term…’s not like they won’t have a place for Drew next year if a better SS or 3B option comes along.

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