brandnew wrote:Still only 29, I wonder if we can expect a poor-man's version of Hideki? I don't know how bad/good the pitching is in Japan, but his numbers are good none the less. Can anyone who knows japanese baseball chime in on this one?
i don't know much, but he's a pretty big star in Japan and defenitly a house-hold name... his team (Softbank Hawks) has been fighting for a long time to keep him in Japan this year.. his defense is top notch, and having Ichiro around won't hurt either.... its going to be interesting to see how he handles a pitching staff without knowing English well, but its possible the games could be called from the dugout... i don't see a team like Seattle cutting his playing time unless something seriously goes wrong... his numbers in Japan have been consistently good, with a spike in the last 3 years.. i think he can hit .290's, maybe 15 or so hr's in his first year... but theres potential for more, he could be a real nice Avg hitter. if the Mariners seal the deal, it could flock alot of Japanese attention towards Seattle with the pairing of Ichiro/Jojima .. it kinda feels like the M's and Yanks are in a longtime war for japanese fanbase