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Wladimir Balentien breaks Japanese home run record

Wednesday night, Tokyo Yakult Swallows outfielder Wladimir Balentien tied the legendary Sadaharu Oh, Tuffy Rhodes and Alex Cabrera with his 55th home run of the season. Sunday, with a first inning bomb against the Hanshin Tigers..."Coco" owned the record outright. “I feel so relieved right now,” the Curacao native told the Japan Times. “Lot of emotions. Just to get this is something...
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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 for Balentien...
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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, on...
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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 record (55). With...
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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 in the...
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August 27, 2013  |  Discuss

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