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Wladimir Balentien apologizes to his team for his arrest

Wladimir Balentien — recently arrested for domestic violence and false imprisonment — gave a press conference yesterday in which he apologized to the Yakult Swallows and their fans: “I’m here in front of you guys today because, first of all, I just want to apologize to my fans, I want to apologize to the Yakult Swallows fans, I want to apologize to the organization,...
Via Pro Sports Daily
January 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Japan home run leader Balentien arrested in US

A former major league baseball player who broke Japan's single-season home run record last year has been arrested in Florida on domestic violence charges, police said Monday. Court records show Wladimir Balentien, 29, is facing a felony false imprisonment charge and a misdemeanor battery charge in a weekend confrontation at his wife's Miami-area house. An attorney for Balentien...
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January 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Wladimir Balentien homers twice, sets Japanese single season home run record

Wladimir Balentien hit two home runs on Sunday to set a new single season home run record in Japan’s Central League. Balentine hit his 56th an 57th home runs of the season to break the record which was shared between Sadahara Oh (1964), Tuff Rhodes (2001) and Alex Caberea. (2002) The 29-year-old Balentine showed glimpses of power while state side while bouncing around the minor...
September 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Video: Former MLB player Wladimir Balentien hits HRs 56 & 57 to set Japanese League single season record

Tweet     For Seattle Mariners fans the name Wladimir Balentien may ring a bell. He spent three seasons with the franchise, hitting 12 home runs in 401 at-bats from 2007-2009. Balentien was then traded to the Cincinnati Reds before becoming a free agent in 2010. Since 2011 Balentien could be found in Japan’s Central […]
Via Los That Sports Blog
September 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Wladimir Balentien breaks Sadaharu Oh's Japanese home run record

Over the last 25 years, several gaijin (foreign) players have approached Sadaharu Oh's single season record of 55 home runs. However, the players have gotten nothing to hit once they tied the record. In 2001, Tuffy Rhodes tied the record and was walked repeartedly by teams managed by Oh. The same thing happened in 2002 to Alex Cabrera. It didn't happen in 2013 with Wladimir...
Via The Outside Corner
September 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Balentien breaks Japan's home run record

Former major leaguer Wladimir Balentien hit his 56th and 57th home runs on Sunday, breaking the Japanese single-season record set by legendary slugger Sadaharu Oh 49 years ago. Balentien hit the record-breaking three-run homer in the first inning of Sunday's game, sending the ball over the left-field wall at Tokyo's Jingu Stadium to give his Yakult Swallows an early lead...
Via AP on Fox
September 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Wladimir Balentien's 55 Home Runs

Wednesday night, former Major Leaguer Wladimir Balentien came one home run closer to becoming Japan's home run king. As you might recall, the Tokyo Yakult Swallows outfielder tied the legendary Sadaharu Oh (and Tuffy Rhodes and Alex Cabrera, for that matter) with his 55th home run. And with 20 games to go...odds are he'll get number 56 pretty soon. So, while we wait...
Via Hall of Very Good
September 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Balentien on verge of Japan HR mark

For most Westerners, the name Sadaharu Oh means little unless put in the context of a Beastie Boys song , but in Japan, Oh's name is met with the type of reverence generally reserved (in America, anyway) for those much more influential than baseball players. With 868 career home runs, Oh is Japan's all-time dinger king (not to mention the all-time leader in runs, RBI, walks...
Via Fox Sports
September 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Ex-MLB'er Balentien Chases Japan HR Record

"Oh" My!You might remember Wladimir Balentien when he played for the Seattle Mariners. He was an OK hitter—in parts of three seasons in 'The Show' hitting a grand total of 15 HRs. Now, as a member of the Toykyo Yakult Swallows of the Nippon Professional Baseball League, he has collected 51 dingers (as of today) and is four bombs shy of tying the all-time Japanese...
Via FenwayNation
August 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Balentien moves closer to Japanese home run record

Wladimir Balentien hit two home runs Tuesday to move within five of tying Japanese baseball's single-season record of 55. Balentien's Yakult Swallows Swallows have 33 games remaining in the regular season for him to match the record set by Sadaharu Oh in 1964 and matched by former major leaguers Tuffy Rhodes in 2001 and Alex Cabrera in 2002. Balentien hit a three-run homer...
Via Fox Sports
August 27, 2013  |  Discuss
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