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    The Seibu Lions have started over the organization decided to clean house in the middle of the season. Logan Martinez has taken over the club - and he's made immediate changes.

    The Lions were able to sign all of their draft picks right away, including stud 1st round pick catcher Shinshu Yamaguchi, to minor league deals. Yamaguchi and the other draft picks were was drafted by the previous regime

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    Martinez also signed two young free agents in Australian SP Sterling Baxter and LF Rudy Carter. Jose Perez was also offered by Seibu, but he decided to take a major league contract with the Chicago Cubs.
     
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    The Seibu Lions being the turnover of their roster, as so far they have lost 11 players in the offseason to retirement and free agency. The only true loss is stud SP Kawanari Shimada, as he asked for a nearly $20 million per year in salary, a sign he's ready for the Big Leagues. More reports to come once free agency news breaks the wire.
     
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    Seibu wins Japanese Pacific Division
    When American import Logan Martinez first took over the reigns of the Seibu Lions after the All-Star break of the 2022 season, the team had an abysmal 38-58 record. Reinvigorated by new leadership, the team finished with a respectable 37-29 record, though they still ended the year at 75-87 and 28 games out of first place. Fast forward a little over two years later, Seibu has reached the pinnacle of the Japanese Pacific Division, going 101-61 and winning the league by 14 games.

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    The Lions' offense has propelled them all season long, as the team has posted a staggering .280 batting average, .356 on-base percentage, and scored 890 runs - first in all of Japan in those categories. The foundation for this success was built as soon as Martinez was brought aboard. Martinez has gotten great production from the previous regime's 2022 first- and third-round picks in C Shinshui Yamaguchi and RF Yasuhiro Sato, who have solidified the bottom of the lineup. One of Martinez's first free agent signings when he was brought aboard was American LF Rudy Carter - All Rudy did this year was post a .322 batting average along with a league-high 216 hits to go along with 34 stolen bases. Carter was recently announced as JPL Batting Champion to boot.

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    1B Hyosuke Morimoto turned in a MVP-level season batting third in the lineup for Seibu, tallying 33 home runs and 111 RBIs while hitting .296 and posting a .947 OPS. Morimoto had a dismal season in 2022 under previous management, but in the two and a half years since Martinez arrived he has found his stride is one of the most important players on team.

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    The Lions' starting pitching staff has been a patchwork group for most of the season and is the team's biggest concern heading into the playoffs. Martinez inherited a rather uninspiring group when he took over the team in 2022, and it's the one unit he has had the most trouble improving. Pitching prospects haven't developed as the way Martinez would like, and the Japanese free-agent market has been barren at best.

    However, the one player on the staff who holds it all together is Tadayoshi "Grit" Sasaki, one of the best players in all of Japan. "Grit" has struggled with injuries this season, missing 3 total months of action, but he was still able to post a 12-1 record with a 2.10 ERA along with a .84 WHIP. "Grit" wll be relied upon heavily as Seibu enters the playoffs - if he doesn't perform well, the Lions could be looking at a quick exit from the postseason.

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    Seibu has boasted a respectable bullpen this year, though they have struggled to seal some victories in recent weeks. American closer Leo Jensen posted 45 saves this year with a 2.86 ERA, but he also had 7 losses and 5 blown saves - many of them coming in the last half of the season. Seibu's top middle reliever, American Tom Hargrove, was injured in the days leading up to the playoffs, so he will likely miss the entire divisional round with elbow inflammation.

    The postseason is all about pitching, but the Lions' offense may be their best defense. One of their starting pitchers, who has been taken off the playoff roster, posted a decent 13-10 record, but he posted a 5.16 ERA. The Seibu bats must continue to connect in the postseason to protect their pitching staff, because the Lions simply are not going to win most 2-1, 1-0, or 3-2 games. They need to hit their average of about 5.5 runs per game if the want to raise the Nippon Cup.

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    Welp, this is what I post. And this happens:

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    Moving on...
     
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