Patrick Hattman's past comments

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    Patrick Hattman

    So this year teams like Israel and Cuba who did well dont get to the host country at all, and the Netherlands and Japan only get to play once in the host country.

    Americans comprised nearly all of Israel's roster so they came home anyway. It was no more an Israeli team than the "Greek" one that played at the 2004 Olympics.

    As far as Cuba goes, not making the championship round made it more difficult for good players to defect to the U.S. The talent exodus has made Cuban baseball weaker and gave Japan another less talented opponent to play in the first two rounds at home.

    Japan sees the WBC as a true world championship. Americans, in general, do not. If they care at all, it is viewed as a mildly interesting preseason tournament that also takes place while our incredibly popular NCAA basketball tournament is being held, and the NBA and NHL seasons near postseason play.

    It's just not a big deal here. For example, Rays pitcher Chris Archer decided to go back to his team in spring training to get ready for his Opening Day start, rather than pitch in the WBC championship round. Max Scherzer was going to pitch in the WBC, but got hurt. But other elite talents like Harper, Kershaw and Trout were not interested.

    I want the U.S. team to win today. The real seasons for MLB and NPB start soon. And then we don't have to hear about the WBC for four years.

    Posted in: U.S. beats Japan 2-1 in WBC semifinal

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    Patrick Hattman

    Congratulations Team USA on reaching the final. It will be an interesting All-American match-up with Puerto Rico.

    I expect the U.S. team to take the title. Japan, meanwhile, has to wait until 2021 for another shot at winning the WBC.

    Posted in: U.S. beats Japan 2-1 in WBC semifinal

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    Patrick Hattman

    Congratulations Team USA! Good luck against Japan on Tuesday. It's time to finally win a WBC title.

    Posted in: U.S. beats Dominican Republic 6-3 to reach WBC semifinals

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    Patrick Hattman

    A luxury hotel paid for, a luxury car and chauffeur at his disposal, any food he might want, a cakewalk job as a DH for his new team.

    Sounds like a heckuva deal for a washed-up, middle-aged guy. Ramirez will enjoy himself for a couple months and then head home.

    Posted in: Ramirez' new home a far cry from the bright lights of Tokyo

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    Patrick Hattman

    With that said, it does seem reasonable to me to conclude that if Neighboring nations around Japan have issues with the US, and if the US would cease to have a presence in Japan, then those issues would no longer be a factor.

    No, they have issues with the U.S. because our strong military presence helps to defend Japan and does not allow China, Korea and Russia to force resolutions to territorial disputes with Japan to greater advantage than they already have.

    Japan has maintained strong economic, military and political ties with the U.S. since the end of the Occupation because it has been cost effective and politically expedient to do so.

    Come up with a reasonable alternative to the U.S. military presence if you want to drastically change things; like a much stronger SDF from larger defense budgets and weapons acquisitions. Start with the needed amendments to the Constitution.

    Posted in: Do you think North Korea poses a real threat to Japan?

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    Patrick Hattman

    Japan will push to leave agriculture out of its first economic talks with the Trump administration next month, sources say, hoping to prevent thorny topics such as its heavily protected farm industry from blocking other negotiations.

    Japan will have to make major concessions like significantly increasing imports of U.S. fossil fuels mentioned here to get Team Trump to go along with it. The new president knows how to work a deal.

    Posted in: Japan hopes to leave agriculture out of U.S. trade talks

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    Patrick Hattman

    I hope the Emperor can abdicate soon and he and the Empress can live peacefully and privately for a few more years.

    Posted in: Empress suffering from shingles after trip to Vietnam, Thailand

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    Patrick Hattman

    The UN’s humanitarian chief Stephen O’Brien has called Yemen “the largest humanitarian crisis in the world,” with two-thirds of the population in need of aid.

    There are many humanitarian crises around the world. Perhaps more people should be concerned about things that really matter, and not so much about entertainers or everything the POTUS says and does.

    Posted in: Dozens of Somali refugees shot dead in Red Sea attack

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    Patrick Hattman

    I don't want to see baseball and softball back in the Olympics, but maybe these events will help Fukushima a bit for a week or two.

    Posted in: Fukushima Prefecture to host Tokyo 2020 Olympic baseball & softball matches

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    Patrick Hattman

    Japan launched a new spy satellite on Friday, the country’s space agency said, as the region grows increasingly uneasy over North Korea’s quickening missile program.

    Japan needs to do its fair share of defense, including intelligence gathering, and rely less on the U.S. in the coming years. It will take a strong, assertive, and largely independent Japan to take care of itself in East Asia and to eventually resolve long-standing territorial disputes with China, Korea and Russia.

    Posted in: Japan successfully launches spy satellite

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    Patrick Hattman

    Based on a state guideline, TEPCO has been required to pay 100,000 yen per month to every person who has evacuated in accordance with official orders, while offering a lump-sum payment of 80,000 yen to voluntary evacuees excluding children under 18 and expecting mothers, according to the operator.

    They should've been required to pay at least double the monthly amount.

    Posted in: Gov't, TEPCO found liable for Fukushima nuclear disaster for 1st time

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    Patrick Hattman

    Abe tried and failed his first time to take Japan toward some sort of warped "beautiful country" that looked wistfully back to the past and wanted to bring it back. He's tried this time with a "new country" which is just a rehashing of what he tried to start a decade ago. Five years is more than enough. It's time for Abe to go.

    Posted in: Abe battles scandal on two fronts as questions swirl

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    Patrick Hattman

    Well, I have been a baseball scout for an MLB team for 13 years. I guess I have no idea what I am talking about though...

    If true, then tell me where you think I'm wrong. I gave long, considered opinions, and you avoided most of what I said and gave a couple one sentence answers.

    If you think that the three NPB teams you mentioned are more talented overall than the D-backs and Rockies, then I have to question not only your talent evaluation skills, but also your motives.

    Go back and look at the talent distributed throughout NPB in the '90s and tell me where I'm wrong. The stars on the Lions and then the Hawks, the Blue Wave of the mid-'90s, the Swallows around that time, young Ichiro, young Matsui etc.

    There were more big stars until Nomo started the exodus in '95 that really got going after 2000, and there was more overall depth, too. NPB almost downsized to 10 teams in 2004. They have been using more foreigners on organizational rosters, and have been expanding developmental rosters primarily to get more young foreign prospects into their system.

    Posted in: Japan beats Israel 8-3 to advance to World Baseball Classic semifinals

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    Patrick Hattman

    "SoftBank or Nippon Ham or Hiroshima could beat that team, let alone All-Stars from Japan...."

    Hiroshima adds to its roster with American failures like Eldred, Hagens, Johnson and Jackson among their best players on the way to the Japan Series in 2016.

    Nippon Ham fills in its roster behind Nakata and Otani with such luminaries as Bass, Laird, Martin and Mendoza on the way to the Japan Series title last year.

    And you think these NPB teams are better than the MLB teams you mention? MLB teams wouldn't be interested in most of the above mentioned players in reserve roles, let alone as key cogs of a team.

    There isn't an NPB team that could be competitive in the U.S. over the course of a big league season. Not one. And not in a seven-game series, either. A game or two? Of course.

    Most NPB players are not MLB quality. A few here and there are on the 12 teams. Some of those could be good players in the U.S. An individual like Otani should be great a couple years down the road. But that's all.

    A few players you cite, like Corbin, Greinke and Goldschmidt would put up much better stats against inferior NPB competition. One game here and there in the preseason, like the WBC format, proves little about the game and who is best.

    "not sure what you are watching...NPB level of play is at an all time high."

    I started watching NPB in 1990. The overall level of play in NPB was better in the '90s, IMO, than it is now. There was more quality depth and there were more talented stars back then.

    Posted in: Japan beats Israel 8-3 to advance to World Baseball Classic semifinals

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    Patrick Hattman

    Oh give us a break after expansion when the Major league added more teams the quality of players had gone down several notches to fill in those teams.

    No, MLB has continued to expand its worldwide search for talent to offset expansion, which is a big reason why the majors have so many foreign-born players on their rosters. The World Series is a real gathering of most of the world's best players to determine a champion annually. NPB, meanwhile, employs mostly fringe foreigners and keeps its four-player limit on top rosters, with the overall level of its game in decline over the past 15-20 years.

    Posted in: Japan beats Israel 8-3 to advance to World Baseball Classic semifinals

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    Patrick Hattman

    Trump's policies will spur dramatic economic growth and jobs for millions. He will start reining in the monstrous deficits that Obama's responsible for through the end of this fiscal year. He will set aside disastrous government regulations, particularly at the EPA, that are damaging the economy. He will take the necessary steps to limit illegal immigration, particularly from six of the worst countries, and send home as many as possible. He has so much to do and will accomplish a lot over the next few years with Republican control of Congress, whether or not some like Graham and McCain want to get onboard. Trump will Make America Great Again.

    Posted in: Trump's budget calls for border wall, border prosecutions

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    Patrick Hattman

    Fundamentally, America is now leaderless.

    This is not true. Trump has led the way in his first two months by issuing numerous executive orders to get his agenda rolling while Congress dithers on many issues.

    Ultimately, he will get his way at the Supreme Court on the immigration ban for six countries. The AHCA will be an improvement on ObamaCare, with its lies from the get-go and costs spiraling out of control. And he will win on his budget.

    Trump will be president til at least Jan. 2021. He has control of both Houses of Congress, and will very likely keep it at the midterms, particularly when considering how many more seats Dems have to defend in the Senate.

    Posted in: Trump's budget calls for border wall, border prosecutions

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    Patrick Hattman

    Yes Japan's BEST can play in MLB, but Japan's mediocre are not near MLB mediocre.

    And I said so in my 3rd paragraph. NPB is 4A overall and the quality depth is not there. It's minor league baseball with some big-league caliber players scattered around the 12 team rosters.

    I don't agree that Japan's All-Stars "would certainly beat" teams like the Diamondbacks or Rockies. Not just with NPB-based players, that's for sure. If they used Tanaka, Darvish and Otani in a five or seven-game series, probably, but I'm not particularly impressed with Japan's best lineup.

    Anyway, it will be interesting to see what happens with the next WBC. I wonder if they will hold it in early 2021, just a few months after baseball at the 2020 Games, even with minor leaguers filling out most of the rosters in Tokyo. The WBC really needs a commitment from the best every four years, or they should get rid of it.

    Posted in: Japan beats Israel 8-3 to advance to World Baseball Classic semifinals

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    Patrick Hattman

    While Japan's stars can succeed against the MLB, its mid- and lower- range players of the NPB are far inferior to those in the MLB. But if we're talking pro teams, then I think that Japan's pro NPB teams are still a half-step below MLB standards.

    Japan's best have long been capable of playing in MLB to varying degrees, with some like Ichiro a superstar, while a few others like Hideki Matsui and Nomo capable of playing among the best for a number of years.

    And there were outstanding individual talents in NPB that MLB teams wanted long before Nomo. After Masanori Murakami played in MLB in the mid 1960s, it was NPB that prevented stars like Kaneda, Oh, Nagashima et al. from ever having a chance to try MLB. Star pitchers from the '30s and '40s like Sawamura and Starffin were MLB caliber in their prime years, for that matter.

    The overall level of NPB is inferior to MLB. It really is a "AAAA" league. The quality depth is just not there, which is part of the reason why NPB has no limit on the # of foreigners on the organizational roster, although the first-team limit is still four.

    When people talk about how teams would fare on either side of the Pacific, it's important to remember that the worst teams still win around 40% of their games over a long regular season, while the best are victorious about 60% of the time.

    That's why postseason series are best-of-five, or more often best-of-seven series. That determines who has the best teams. The WBC format does not work that way to its detriment, and its timing in the preseason leaves a lot to be desired.

    Posted in: Japan beats Israel 8-3 to advance to World Baseball Classic semifinals

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    Patrick Hattman

    Japan's cakewalk to the semifinals is complete. Aided by home advantage, a Cuba team decimated by many defections to MLB, a decent, but unspectacular Netherlands, and an Israel squad made up of American minor leaguers and has-beens, Japan wasn't seriously challenged in either round.

    Posted in: Japan beats Israel 8-3 to advance to World Baseball Classic semifinals

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