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Hirotoshi Ishii will close for BoSox in 2007?

Postby Havok1517 » Mon Sep 18, 2006 8:22 pm

29 year old Japanese closer Hirotoshi Ishii. He has already been promised that he will in fact be posted at the end of this year and would help cement the Sox closer situation with Pap reportedly starting next year. I think Foulke will move on, Timlin is clearly not the answer, and Hansen obviously isn't ready.

There are strong indications Ishii will be allowed to move from Japan to the majors via the posting system this offseason, the Japan Times reports.
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Postby thedude » Mon Sep 18, 2006 10:59 pm

;-D I guess the red sox would be the obvious front runner to grab him, unless of of course the yankees make a huge bid to keep him away from the red sox.
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Postby soxfan364 » Mon Sep 18, 2006 11:20 pm

And so Papelbon starts then...
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Postby DirtyKash » Mon Sep 18, 2006 11:52 pm

Kaz Ishii's brother??
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Postby thedude » Tue Sep 19, 2006 12:01 am

soxfan364 wrote:And so Papelbon starts then...


That decision has pretty much been made. The Red Sox never saw him as a closer long term, and now the shoulder problem makes them think he would benefit from a regular schedule.
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Postby PlayingWithFire » Tue Sep 19, 2006 12:22 am

where the heck would everybody take Papelbon next year? The guy could post decent numbers as a SP too.
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Postby cordscords » Tue Sep 19, 2006 12:31 am

Probably where Smoltz was going when he returned to the rotation.

Round 10.
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Postby Havok1517 » Tue Sep 19, 2006 2:01 am

DirtyKash wrote:Kaz Ishii's brother??


They aren't related. I believe Ishii is a pretty popular last name in Japan.
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Postby Yoda » Tue Sep 19, 2006 10:33 am

cordscords wrote:Probably where Smoltz was going when he returned to the rotation.

Round 10.


I would stay away from Papelbon as a starter. I know he was dominant as a closer but starting is a whole new ball game especially for someone as inexperienced as Papelbon.
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Postby slomo007 » Tue Sep 19, 2006 11:52 am

Yoda wrote:
cordscords wrote:Probably where Smoltz was going when he returned to the rotation.

Round 10.


I would stay away from Papelbon as a starter. I know he was dominant as a closer but starting is a whole new ball game especially for someone as inexperienced as Papelbon.


I agree. When pitchers who are as talented as Randy Johnson and Josh Beckett fail to even be decent fantasy starters, I am steering clear of any question marks who happen to start in the AL east. Let someone else take the gamble on him.
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