BALENTIEN when in the majors did not get the opportunity to play every day so he could prove himself. Now that he got the opportunity, he is proven himself worthy. He comes from the same island as Andrew JONES, Andrelton SIMMONS of the Braves, Jurickson PROFAR of the Rangers, and other great prospects that this island is producing. A lot of the big MLB hitters are tainted by by steroids use. So do not underestimate this guys potential. He has one of the longest homeruns in MLB history playing for the REDS, 495'. Just because he is playing in Japan does not mean that he should not be praised. Give merrit to those who deserve it.
Let's see if this season's new ball is contagious enough to give it's players some new cajones as well. I remember watching good ol' Tuffy. To confirm my memory didn't rewrite history, I checked the web to confirm. Indeed, "In the 2001 season, he hit his 55th homer to tie Sadaharu Oh's Japanese League single season home run record, set in 1964. For the rest of the season, opposing pitchers intentionally walked Rhodes to prevent him from breaking Oh's record." Then I looked up Cabrera. "Like Rhodes, Cabrera would see few good pitches for the remaining games after tying the record." With 21 games left, I sure hope things have changed in the past 10 years.