Wakamatsu could become baseball's first Asian American manager

February 18, 2008

There seems to be more talk about Wakamatsu being a manager than there was for Wendell Kim, who was a coach with the Giants, Red Sox and Cubs in recent years.

Wakamatsu is a former catcher who played briefly in the Big Leagues. His father is Japanese and his grandparents were interned during World War II.

The A's also have Hawaii-born Kurt Suzuki slated to be their starting catcher this season.

As a big baseball fan, I think it's great seeing more Asian Americans in the majors. I've often wondered why more Asian Americans haven't made it to the Big Leagues. The generalization would be that Asians don't have the physical attributes. Certainly you have to be physically gifted for baseball but it's not like basketball, where being tall helps, or football where size does matter.

And if it's that Asian Americans aren't big and strong enough to play, how does that explain the players coming over from Asia and making it in baseball? The imports are the best of the best from their countries, but where are the best Asian American players? (And don't say they're playing ping pong!)


Harry Mok

Editor in chief

Editor in Chief Harry Mok wrote about growing up on a Chinese vegetable farm for the second issue of Hyphen and has been a volunteer editor since 2004. As a board member of the San Francisco and New York chapters of the Asian American Journalists Association, Harry has recruited and organized events for student members. He holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was also a graduate student instructor in the Asian American Studies Department.



they are playing badminton.
Certainly, we need more of Asian Pacific Americans to participate and play major league sports, music, entertainment, and other field traditionally not dominated by us.We should spread out to diversify and cash in lucrative industry.EL
Good call! The Mariners are expected to announce they'll hire Wakamatsu as their new manager tomorrow.As far as I can tell, Hyphen gets the bragging rights for calling this nine months in advance!Check out the story on my Asian-American Sports blog:http://www.examiner.com/x-739-AsianAmerican-Sports-Examiner~y2008m11d18-Seattle-expected-to-name-first-AsianAmerican-manager-Don-Wakamatsu