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    Remember this guy?

    Wladimir Balentien

    http://bis.npb.or.jp/eng/players/13315133.html

    That's a lot of home runs in two seasons... plus 25 at AAA for the Reds the year before.

    I really have no idea why the Reds sold his contract to Yakult.

    This is how tired I am of talking about Mike Leake and Aroldis Chapman.
    Suck it up cupcake.

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    Re: Remember this guy?

    I don't know how a .247/.330/.447 in Japan translates to MLB, or why he played in 35 fewer games in 2012 but 31 HR each of the last two years in LF doesn't sound terrible.
    What if this is as good as it gets?

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    Re: Remember this guy?

    He hit .304 with 5 rbi in the World Baseball Classic for the Netherlands
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    Re: Remember this guy?

    I was intrigued by him, thought he'd be getting serious starts a couple of years back.

    Also by his name. "WL"adimir? "V"ladimr? "L"adamir with a silent W?
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    Re: Remember this guy?

    I remember doing a lot of complaining in 2009 over guys like Darnell McDonald getting at-bats over Balentien.
    "Since I've been with the Reds in 1989, we've never had a farm system this loaded," Bowden said. "If we were the New York Yankees and had unlimited dollars, we could have traded for Colon, (Jeff) Weaver, Rolen, (Cliff) Floyd, (Kenny) Rogers and Finley and gotten them all -- and still held onto our top five prospects. That's an amazing statement."

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    Re: Remember this guy?

    Wlad the Impaler.

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    Re: Remember this guy?

    Quote Originally Posted by VR View Post
    I was intrigued by him, thought he'd be getting serious starts a couple of years back.

    Also by his name. "WL"adimir? "V"ladimr? "L"adamir with a silent W?
    "Vladimir". Not 100% sure about Dutch, but in German the "v" sound is spelled with a w and pronounced as such. The letter v is actually pronounced with an "f" sound, so if he spelled it with a v it would be pronounced "Fladimir."
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    WMP was .280/.339/.490 with 53 EBH for the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks

    Lastings Milledge was on the same team as Wladmeir and hit .300/.379/.485

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    Re: Remember this guy?

    I enjoyed watching Wladdy play in 2010 with Louisville. He seemed very close to Juan Francisco, I think he was a good mentor for him. They both went on an incredible home run tear at the same time in late July of that season, and the Bats would win 20 out of 21 games in that time. Just like with Louisville, Wladimir has hit a couple of incredibly long "video game" home runs, I will post some videos of them tomorrow. They are quite entertaining, especially if you have never seen Japanese baseball, with the synchronized umbrella dances and mascot high fives.


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