Guide to Learning How to Speak Baseball in Japanese

Bobby Valentine's first season as Red Sox manager should be exciting, as not only do the Sox have a talented team but the Boston skipper is also bringing a unique perspective to the organization.

Before arriving in Boston, Valentine last managed in Japan from 2004 to 2009. During his tenure overseas, he became a cult hero and learned many new baseball philosophies. He's already using what he learned in Japan in his current position, and we may see traces of his experience as long as he remains the team's manager.

The Red Sox have also showed a propensity for exploring the Japanese market in the past, bringing in the likes of Daisuke Matsuzaka, among others. Given the connection the franchise has to Japanese baseball, we thought it would be fun to provide a guide of how to discuss baseball in Japanese.

Feel free to use the guide below to learn how to talk baseball in Japanese.

Bench coach: benchi cochi

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Bubble gum: babaru gamu

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Bullpen: bulu pen

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Bunt: banto

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Catcher: kyaccha

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Closer: kurosaa

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Curveball: kah-bu

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Cycle: saikura

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Double: niruida

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Eephus: suro boru

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Error: eraa

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Fastball: streh-to

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First base: fasuto

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Flyout: furai auto

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Grand slam: manrui homuran

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Groundout: goro

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Home run: homuran

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Manager: kantoku

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Outfield: gaiya

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Pitching coach: pitchingu cochi

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Second base: sekando

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Single: ichiruida

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Slider: suraidaa

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Splitter: fo-ku

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Starter: senspatsu

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Steal: torui

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Strikeout: sanshin

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Third base: saado

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Triple: sanruida

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Triple play: toripuru purei

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