Asahi player at bat


The batter positions the bat in front of the body and doesn’t fully swing at the ball, but instead meets the ball and places it usually on the ground along the third base line or the first base line.

otose (oh-toh-say)

Japanese term meaning drop it; in this instance, to bunt.

Brain Ball

The bunt

Miyasaki made his players practice placing bunts until they could hit them with precision anywhere. Runners would be readied on the bases. "Otose" would be yelled out in Japanese. Before the bat touched the ball, they were on the move, primed to score two runs off a single bunt.


Asahi player at bat, Powell Ground, ca. 1939. Courtesy of Reggie Yasui.