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  • Stephen Gates
    (1) How would you characterize the level of play in Japan s highest MINOR LEAGUES with respect to a classification level in America? (2) Has the level of play
    Message 1 of 3 , May 1, 2002
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      (1) How would you characterize the level of play in Japan's highest MINOR LEAGUES with respect to a classification level in America?
       
      (2) Has the level of play decreased or increased any time in the last 10 years (and at what time) in the Japanese MINOR LEAGUES?
       
      (For instance, was it comparable to Rookie ball in 1994 and now is comparable to Advanced-Rookie or Low-A or whatever... or if it hasn't markedly changed I'd like to know that too).
       
      Thanks,
       
      Stephen Gates
      Northern League
    • robert & junee' shadlow
      There are only two minor leagues in Japan - the Eastern and Western Leagues with 6 teams each. Each minor team belongs to a major team in the Central and
      Message 2 of 3 , May 1, 2002
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           There are only two minor leagues in Japan - the Eastern and Western Leagues with 6 teams each. Each minor team belongs to a major team in the Central and Pacific Leagues. Rather than being affiliated as in the states, Japanese minor teams are more like "B" teams to the major team where players can be interchanged at any time. Most of the Japanese minor teams play in the same stadium as the major teams. All but two of the Eastern and Western League teams have a name different than their Central and Pacific League counterpart.
            The Central and Pacific Leagues have been consistently been between Major League and AAA level for the past 30 years. The Eastern and Western League are probably between AA and AAA levels.
            Many of the lesser talents are on semi-pro industrial and college teams. Even such notables as Hideo Nomo spent some time an industrial team.    
                     Robert Kiyoshi Shadlow
         
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        Subject: [j-ball] Japanese Minor Leagues

        (1) How would you characterize the level of play in Japan's highest MINOR LEAGUES with respect to a classification level in America?
         
        (2) Has the level of play decreased or increased any time in the last 10 years (and at what time) in the Japanese MINOR LEAGUES?
         
        (For instance, was it comparable to Rookie ball in 1994 and now is comparable to Advanced-Rookie or Low-A or whatever... or if it hasn't markedly changed I'd like to know that too).
         
        Thanks,
         
        Stephen Gates
        Northern League


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      • Jim Allen
        I have estimated that minor league competition is about 80% as tough as that in the CL or PL. The Eastern League is more of a hitters league than the WL or at
        Message 3 of 3 , May 1, 2002
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          I have estimated that minor league competition is about 80% as tough as that in the CL or PL. The Eastern League is more of a hitters league than the WL or at least it used to be.

          As in the States, there are always a few of minor leaguers who are better players than some guy who is a regular in the CL and PL just as there are usually a few corporate league players who could also quickly get regular playing time on most top pro teams.

          Jim Allen

          robert & junee' shadlow wrote:

             There are only two minor leagues in Japan - the Eastern and Western Leagues with 6 teams each. Each minor team belongs to a major team in the Central and Pacific Leagues. Rather than being affiliated as in the states, Japanese minor teams are more like "B" teams to the major team where players can be interchanged at any time. Most of the Japanese minor teams play in the same stadium as the major teams. All but two of the Eastern and Western League teams have a name different than their Central and Pacific League counterpart.    The Central and Pacific Leagues have been consistently been between Major League and AAA level for the past 30 years. The Eastern and Western League are probably between AA and AAA levels.    Many of the lesser talents are on semi-pro industrial and college teams. Even such notables as Hideo Nomo spent some time an industrial team.             Robert Kiyoshi Shadlow 
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          Subject: [j-ball] Japanese Minor Leagues
           (1) How would you characterize the level of play in Japan's highest MINOR LEAGUES with respect to a classification level in America?(2) Has the level of play decreased or increased any time in the last 10 years (and at what time) in the Japanese MINOR LEAGUES?(For instance, was it comparable to Rookie ball in 1994 and now is comparable to Advanced-Rookie or Low-A or whatever... or if it hasn't markedly changed I'd like to know that too).Thanks,Stephen GatesNorthern League

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