In Episode 48, Brock & Ben perform their own variation on the Japanese baseball philosophy of nagekomi, talking baseball to the brink of exhaustion and beyond. The guys are joined by Glen Tsurudome, reprising his role as Japanese baseball expert for the episode’s Education segment. The Numbers Game gets a little personal, as a the career WAR leader among players to wear #48 leads Brock to learn more about his uncle’s minor league career in the 1970′s. The guys also add a companion segment to the Numbers Game, in the form of the Patron Bobble. Each episode will feature a patron from among Brock or Ben’s bobblehead collection that somehow ties into the episode. Current Events finds the guys briefly acknowledging Charlie Manuel’s departure from the Phillies & sinking their teeth into the expanded replay proposal announced earlier this week. In the Education segment, Glen joins Brock & Ben to discuss replay in Japan, Ichiro Suzuki’s 4000th career professional hit, Japan’s Koshien high school baseball tournament & its epic pitch counts, & Japanese phenom Tomohiro Anraku and whether he will be the first Japanese player to begin his professional career in MLB. Brock & Ben then turn their attention to discussing the evolving playoff races in both leagues. To closeout the episode, the guys push through the fatigue to help Bob in Taiwan with a difficult baseball conundrum.
A selection of Glen’s photos from Summer Koshien can be found here.