Looking East

Although most of the great non-U.S. ballplayers have come from Latin America, a fair number have also hailed from the East.  No, I’m not talking about New Jersey.  I’m talking about the land of the rising sun.  Players like Ichiro in his heyday or the sometimes brilliant Yu Darvish.  Or the professional pitcher pictured here at the right.  But aside from a couple Koreans and one or two Chinese, baseball doesn’t seem to have had quite the same effect on the rest of the continent.

We could take the time to do an in-depth study of why certain Asian cultures have successfully assimilated baseball and I’m sure there are quite a few reasond to be found.  However, we see no need to be scientific and instead decided to focus on the most important metric available in the internet age: Youtube videos.

So, in two steps, here’s why there aren’t more Asian ballplayers, moving from the west (Rinku and Dinesh??)…

…to the east:

I think that pretty much clears it up, even if the horsey dance is quite catchy.

-A

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