Chat with Kenji

DMZ · February 26, 2007 at 11:24 am · Filed Under Mariners 

ESPN’s going to have a webchat with Kenji sometime between 1-2 our time (see comments: the worldwide leader in sports got the time zone wrong in their initial announcement)

They’ll almost certainly turn it into Insider content once it’s over, so you’ll want to get in while the getting’s good.

Possible question topics (no guarantee we get good answers):
What’s Hargrove talking about with the pitch-framing thing?
How much of the pitch-calling did Johjima do at the start of the season versus the end?
What’s the deal with Felix throwing the hittable fastball all the time (as documented by Dave)?
How can he be so skinny and live so fat?


11 Responses to “Chat with Kenji”

  1. OscarTehGrouch on February 26th, 2007 12:16 pm

    It’s been moved back to 4 PM ET because the idiot at ESPN doesn’t know what time zones are…

  2. DMZ on February 26th, 2007 12:17 pm

    Yeah, that’s pretty awesome.

  3. Safeco Hobo on February 26th, 2007 12:44 pm

    I thought all baseball was played in the East Coast time zone?

  4. skankin pickle on February 26th, 2007 1:37 pm

    I am enjoying the chat with Kenji so far. Period.

  5. mark s. on February 26th, 2007 2:15 pm

    I didn’t get a chance to ask my question. Period. Since I was not able to do phrase it right. Period. I am not very smart. Period. I will try to ask him this weekend when I am down in ST. Period.

  6. patl on February 26th, 2007 2:33 pm

    The whole chat seemed very “Japanese” to me – respectful, careful, cautious. The only question that I saw which contained some good info was this one:

    Royce (San Diego, CA): Hey Mr. Johjima, Do you tend to call for different pitches here in America, than you did in Japan? For example, do you call for more fastballs here?

    Kenji Johjima: I had to make a few adjustments here. In the MLB, we make sure the pitchers pitch what they want to pitch. Back in Japan, a lot of catchers have the authority to call the games. That’s kind of different. I had to make some adjustments there.

    That’d be an interesting topic to dig into with much more detail.

  7. Karen on February 26th, 2007 3:09 pm

    It cracked me up to read his questioning the fan who about what he looks for from the pitcher in a typical AB…hoping the fan wasn’t really a scout for the Angels… 🙂

  8. msb on February 26th, 2007 3:41 pm

    crap. see what I get for playing hooky one day? now it is Insider only.

  9. Adam S on February 26th, 2007 5:53 pm

    msb, you didn’t miss much. Good questions, but very diplomatic answers.

    Q: Do you prefer vanilla or chocolate ice cream?
    A: It’s hard to say as both are very good. I like swirled.

  10. msb on February 26th, 2007 7:30 pm

    mmmm. swirl.

  11. trentonkyle on February 26th, 2007 10:14 pm

    Cause he’s the Maestro. Ah Yeah.

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