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Even ‘iron man’ Kinugasa knew the importance of taking a rest

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When a cleanup batter strikes out in the clutch, baseball fans naturally get angry. They also sigh and groan.

But that was not the case when Sachio Kinugasa of the Hiroshima Toyo Carp struck out. On the contrary, the fans actually took it very well, telling themselves, “Oh well, that’s Kinugasa.”

Kinugasa, who died on April 23 at age 71, chalked up an impressive 1,587 strikeouts during his career, swinging with all his force and letting his red helmet fly off his head at times.

Kinugasa had his own philosophy about strikeouts. Aiming for long hits rather than clever hits, he called it an “offensive strikeout” when he struck out........

© The Asahi Shimbun