Nippon Ham Fighters

Video: First pitches in Japan sure are different

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I wasn’t really sure what was going on in this ceremonial first pitch before this Nippon-Ham Fighters game at first. There are characters and costumes and all of that, likely for Japanese entertainments I’ve never heard of but which my son probably knows all about because he’s into stuff like that.

When he wakes up — it’s summer vacation he and his sister both sleep approximately 20 hours a day — I think I’ll show him this. Hopefully the part where things get weird begin just as he’s getting ready to mock me for my ignorance, because I do understand what’s going on there and he probably doesn’t.

Note: that’s not a reference to something unsafe for work or for teenagers. I’m talkin’ about wrestling. Anyway:

(h/t to Ray Steele)

Brayan Peña announces retirement

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Catcher Brayan Peña announced his retirement on Monday evening via his Twitter account:

Peña, 36, signed a minor league contract with the Tigers in January but the club ended up going with catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia for their Triple-A roster.

Peña spent parts of 12 seasons in the majors with the Braves, Royals, Tigers, Reds, and Cardinals from 2005-16. He hit .259/.299/.351 in 1,950 plate appearances.

With his playing days behind him, Peña will transition into coaching. He will manage one of the Tigers’ Gulf Coast League teams, George Sipple of the Free Press reports.