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Lou Merloni AAA Championship MVP

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Lou Merloni AAA Championship MVP
Former Yokohama BayStar player Lou Merloni was named the 2007 Bricktown Showdown Most Valuable Player after leading the Sacramento Rivercats over the Richmond Braves 7-1 for the Triple-AAA Championship.

The Rivercats represented the Pacific Coast League and the Braves the International League in the second annual Bricktown Showdown held in Oklahoma City.

Merloni, who was recently named Sacramento team captain, had two hits including a three run homer in the Bricktown Showdown. Lou had a total of four home runs in 32 playoff at bats.

Winning pitcher, Kazuhito Tadano, struck out four batters and gave up only one run and three hits in 4 1/3 innings of relief in the Championship Game.
Re: Lou Merloni AAA Championship MVP
[ Author: Mischa | Posted: Sep 25, 2007 9:30 AM | TYS Fan ]

In addition to Merloni and Tadano, another name of Japanese interest is that of the Sacramento starting pitcher in the Showdown, Shane Komine [Baseball-Reference], the third Japanese-American in the Major Leagues.
Re: Lou Merloni AAA Championship MVP
[ Author: Kiyoshi | Posted: Sep 25, 2007 1:45 PM | HAN Fan ]

Who were the other two Japanese-Americans?

Lenny Sakata, Don Wakamatsu, and Kurt Suzuki come to mind.

Atlee Hammaker and Ron Darling were half Japanese.
Re: Lou Merloni AAA Championship MVP
[ Author: Guest: Passerby | Posted: Sep 25, 2007 4:33 PM ]

According to Wikipedia, Darling's mother is a Chinese Hawaiian. In addition to Komine and Suzuki, the current Japanese American players are Dave Roberts and Jason Davis. I heard that Brandon League is partly Japanese. Can Anyone confirm this?
Re: Lou Merloni AAA Championship MVP
[ Author: BigManZam | Posted: Sep 25, 2007 4:37 PM | CLM Fan ]

I'm guessing Kurt Suzuki and Travis Ishikawa.
Re: Lou Merloni AAA Championship MVP
[ Author: Guest: Mischa | Posted: Sep 26, 2007 2:09 AM ]

I thought Komine was third after Sakata and Ishikawa. I wasn't aware of Wakamatsu. He made the majors before Kurt Suzuki.
Re: Lou Merloni AAA Championship MVP
[ Author: Guest | Posted: Oct 27, 2007 10:26 AM ]

Oh, that last response was coach T. (Providence,1990-93).

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