In fairness, watching any pitcher’s collection of best strikeout pitches is likely to inspire ooohs and aaaahs, but this video of Yu Darvish striking out the entire Japanese population gives us a taste of what all the buzz is about.

As I mentioned in today’s links, the young Japanese right hander announced last night that he will be posted today by the Nippon-Ham Fighters. MLB Trade Rumors suggests that the New York Yankees, Texas Rangers and Toronto Blue Jays will be the favourites to win the silent auction. I’ve written about Darvish at length, here.

Just a reminder: The posting period will last four days, and the winning team will have a 30 day exclusive negotation window.