A pitcher who can hit?

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A pitcher who can hit?

Postby Anaxagoras » Sat Dec 09, 2017 11:59 am

There was Babe Ruth, and as far as I know very few others. And he's Japanese!! :upsidedown:

Of course, Ruth gave up pitching because he was so good at hitting. But he was no slouch at pitching.

He's going to the Angels.

http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/2170 ... hei-ohtani

Shohei Ohtani is an international superstar along the lines of Ichiro Suzuki, and a 23-year-old talent with the long-term horizon of a Mike Trout or Bryce Harper. Most important, Ohtani wants to be a pitcher and a hitter on a regular basis. With the possible exception of Babe Ruth and Brooks Kieschnick, few players have aspired to that level of versatility.

So before Ohtani went about the business of picking a team, agent Nez Balelo and CAA took an unusual step and sent a questionnaire asking teams to outline their plans, philosophies and systems in place to help make this unprecedented partnership work.

"I didn't think the questionnaire was a big deal, because teams already had figured out they better have answers to those questions," said the general manager for a team that did not make Ohtani's final cut. "If you couldn't figure out what was going to be important, then you had no shot."

On Friday afternoon, the mystery came to an end. Ohtani and CAA announced that he had picked the Los Angeles Angels over six other finalists. Come spring training, Ohtani will join Trout and surefire Hall of Famer Albert Pujols in making Tempe Diablo Stadium a star-powered Cactus League destination.

The Angels can take gratification in having outlasted the competition. But in some respects, the hard work is just beginning. Here are some hurdles Ohtani and his new team will have to traverse in his transition from Japanese sensation to Major League Baseball fixture.
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Re: A pitcher who can hit?

Postby Doctor X » Sat Dec 09, 2017 2:10 pm

I believe he insisted on being the only Japanese player on a team.

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Re: A pitcher who can hit?

Postby Anaxagoras » Sat Dec 09, 2017 2:52 pm

I didn't hear that. I assume that means the Angels don't have another Japanese player? Kind of a weird condition. But apparently he was free to choose pretty much any team that made a bid and he didn't want to go to an east coast team.

There may be an investigation:

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Re: A pitcher who can hit?

Postby Doctor X » Sat Dec 09, 2017 6:41 pm

I heard that is why he did not want to go to the Seamen Mariners which, nowadays, is basically a stop for Japanese Original tourists.

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