An English Guide To Baseball Cards From Japan
Hi,I purchased some 2010 BBM Preview cards and there is one of John Clayton. Next to his name is the word UNTEN. Do you know what that means?Thanks,Scott
OK, I'm completely stumped on this one. I don't know of a 2010 BBM Preview set (it's not been listed on their website and they haven't done a preview set since 2002), I don't know of anyone in professional baseball in either the US or Japan named John Clayton and I have no idea what "UNTEN" means.
Uh, hi. Fighters nerd to the rescue.John Clayton Unten is a kid the Fighters drafted last fall -- he was born to an American father and Japanese mother in Okinawa, so he was given an English name, BUT his parents divorced when he was in elementary school and he stayed in Okinawa, so I assume he took his mother's Japanese name, Unten, in order to register in schools and all (might have done so even before the divorce), which is fairly common here for kids to do.I did think it was rather curious that he showed up at the "let's present the new draftees" assembly with two Japanese parents. I haven't stalked him yet at Kamagaya, but I have a feeling he doesn't speak any English.http://www.fighters.co.jp/team/player/detail/55.htmlThey used to call him "Okinawa's Darvish" because he was this tall lanky half-breed pitcher who could throw in the upper 140's.Does that help? :)
OK, now things makes sense. Thanks Deanna!
Thanks Deanna for the information.Regards,Scott
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