Solid outing Tom de Blok vs Yu Darvish

Last night Tom de Blok pitched for the West Michigan WhiteCaps in a game vs the South Bend Cubs who had Yu Darvish, who is on a rehab assignment, on the mound. Tom didn't get the win but had a good outing nevertheless. In this pitching matchup against Yu Darvish, De Blok lasted one inning …

Rangers do not oppose Profar’s WBC participation

According to the Duch American sports magazine Sport America, the Texas Rangers are opposed to the participation in the World Baseball Classic of four of their star players. The Arlington based club will send an appeal to Major League Baseball. The Rangers had to deal with the invitation of eight of their players by their national …

Kenta Maeda will call LA home

Dodgers fans have been complaining that it was a bad off season so far. But how can you call the off season bad if the Dodgers just signed Scott Kazmir and the news was spread that the team also lured in Kenta Maeda. According several news websites, the Dodgers signed the Japanese star to an …

Nippon Ham Fighters will spend part of Spring Training in Arizona

The Nippon Ham Fighters will spend a part of the 2016 Spring Training at the Peoria sports complex, used by the San Diego Padres and the Seattle Mariners. BTW, don't misuse their name, like I did. It is not Nippon HamFighters but Nippon Ham (as name of the company) Fighters, former club of Texas Rangers …

Yu Darvish will undergo Tommy John surgery

A few days ago, I wrote an article on Japanese starting pitchers and if they are worth the investment Today the Texas Rangers released a press release on Yu Darvish. The Japanese ace will undergo Tommy John surgery. Another season of an expensive contract lost. This year Darvish will get $10,000,000. Ten million through the …

Are Japanese starting pitchers worth the investment?

With the news that Yu Darvish has another injury, a UCL sprain, and that he may need surgery, I start to wonder if it pays off to acquire Japanese starting pitchers right out of Japan. Of course there have been plenty that have/had a career without major injuries or declining numbers, but Darvish is one …

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