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Tuffy Rhodes Watch: May/Part of June

June 17, 2008

Craig Brazell

Tuffy Rhodes, the son of multiple Gods, is hitting .274 right now but is now tied home runs at the Pacific Coast League to…

Craig Brazell! It’s the ex-Mets minor leaguer’s first year in the league. They both have 17 homers, along with GG Sato, and they are both behind Tyrone Woods, a bust in MLB with 18 homers, and Alex Ramirez with 19 homers.

Other players of American Importance, note that some players don’t have stats as they are hard to come by if you do not read fluent Japanese:

Former Minn. Twin Lew Ford: dropped for readjustment
2005 Triple-A batting champ Rick Short: hitting .326, leads Pacific League
Ex-Oriole Larry Bigbie: injured
Ex-Padre and Expo Terrmel Sledge: I have no clue, had a walk off passed ball recently, pretty sure he might be a backup
Benny Agbayni: Pretty much a bench player, he’s been around the Japan Leagues forever though
Yu Darvish: 1.79 ERA
Kaz Ishii: 2.41 ERA
Colby Lewis: 2.16 ERA
Ryan Vogelsong: dropped for readjustment, came back up, no clue on his ERA

Other guys that are hanging in the league: Chad Allen, Aaron Guiel (playing like Rob Deer, .210 with 10 HR), Adam Riggs, Alex Ochoa.

(all stats from


Tuffy Rhodes Watch: April

April 28, 2008

This is a new monthly column by Phil that will chronicle Tuffy Rhodes’ endeavors in Nippon Pro Baseball in Japan. He is, and will always be one of our favorite players. From his three homer Opening Day in 1994 with the Chicago Cubs and many fantasy team owners getting angry later in the season when he did not produce, to tying 55 homers in 2001 with the immortal Sadaharu Oh, we will always love him.

Tuffy Rhodes is one of the few bright spots for the Orix Buffaloes (11-20) so far. Last year, mostly as a DH, he hit .291 with 42 home runs and 88 walks in one of his better seasons. With guys like Alex Ochoa, Tyrone Woods, Rick Short and Aaron Guiel leading in batting average in the Nippon Pro League, these American guys have a great chance do well. Guiel also leads the Japanese Central League in homers. This year so far, Tuffy has 10 home runs in 31 games already (out of 130 or so), leading the league. He is hitting .301/.434/.660, also among the leaders. 24 walks leads the league too. So far, another good season for Rhodes. Don’t expect him to keep up this pace, but this is good.

Other Japanese players and expatriates that I watch:

Hitoshi Tamura (Fukoka Softbank Hawks): .297/.343/.436, injured
Hiro Tanaka (Tokyo Yakult Swallows): .365/.435/.476
Ex-MLBer Lew Ford (Hanshin Tigers), off to a slow start: .180/.241/.292
AAA batting champ Rick Short (Tohoku Golden Eagles): .289/.329/.393


Yu Darvish (Nippon Ham Fighters): 0.69 ERA
Kaz Ishii (Seibu Lions): 2.16 ERA
Seth Gresinger (Youmiri Giants): 2.43 ERA