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Postby BravesGuy » Mon Dec 18, 2006 10:25 pm

I know he is not a big name Jap pitcher, but I just came across this on scout.com

Japanese Pitcher Headed to Bucs
By PiratesDugout.com

Posted Dec 18, 2006

The Pittsburgh Pirates have apparently won a battle with the Boston Red Sox for the services of veteran Japanese hurler Masumi Kuwata.

Kuwata told the Kyodo News Monday he has chosen the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Red Sox. "The manager (Tatsunori Hara) and coaches said the Pirates suit me most among the teams that have given me offers," Kuwata said, revealing that the 38-year-old had received offers also from the Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers. Kuwata was 1-1 with a 6.94 ERA last season in Japan.

He has a 173-141 career record with 14 saves and a 3.55 ERA in 442 games, 263 starts. But the 5-foot-7, 160-pounder has struggled with injuries in recent years and compiled just a 9-16 record over the past four seasons.
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Postby Half Massed » Mon Dec 18, 2006 10:29 pm

Wow, good to see someone choose a team like the Pirates over one like the Red Sox, even if it is an aging relief pitcher from Japan.
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Postby Havok1517 » Mon Dec 18, 2006 10:36 pm

Could be the Saito of 2007.
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Postby Old_Style » Mon Dec 18, 2006 11:03 pm

is this guy going to be starting or pitching relief?

i'd be a skeptical about him because of his recent history of injuries.
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Postby ChipperJonesFanatic » Mon Dec 18, 2006 11:21 pm

Foreshadowing of a Mike Gonzalez trade?
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Postby Amazinz » Mon Dec 18, 2006 11:26 pm

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Postby BravesGuy » Mon Dec 18, 2006 11:41 pm

I'm pretty sure I read somewhere that he will be a relief pitcher.
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Re: Masumi Kuwata headed to the Bucs

Postby BigLebowski » Tue Dec 19, 2006 1:12 am

BravesGuy wrote:I know he is not a big name Jap pitcher, but I just came across this on scout.com

Japanese Pitcher Headed to Bucs
By PiratesDugout.com

Posted Dec 18, 2006

The Pittsburgh Pirates have apparently won a battle with the Boston Red Sox for the services of veteran Japanese hurler Masumi Kuwata.

Kuwata told the Kyodo News Monday he has chosen the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Red Sox. "The manager (Tatsunori Hara) and coaches said the Pirates suit me most among the teams that have given me offers," Kuwata said, revealing that the 38-year-old had received offers also from the Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers. Kuwata was 1-1 with a 6.94 ERA last season in Japan.

He has a 173-141 career record with 14 saves and a 3.55 ERA in 442 games, 263 starts. But the 5-foot-7, 160-pounder has struggled with injuries in recent years and compiled just a 9-16 record over the past four seasons.


Not sure that's really politically correct....or even very nice. :-o
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Re: Masumi Kuwata headed to the Bucs

Postby Old_Style » Tue Dec 19, 2006 1:23 am

BigLebowski wrote:
BravesGuy wrote:I know he is not a big name Jap pitcher, but I just came across this on scout.com

Japanese Pitcher Headed to Bucs
By PiratesDugout.com

Posted Dec 18, 2006

The Pittsburgh Pirates have apparently won a battle with the Boston Red Sox for the services of veteran Japanese hurler Masumi Kuwata.

Kuwata told the Kyodo News Monday he has chosen the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Red Sox. "The manager (Tatsunori Hara) and coaches said the Pirates suit me most among the teams that have given me offers," Kuwata said, revealing that the 38-year-old had received offers also from the Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers. Kuwata was 1-1 with a 6.94 ERA last season in Japan.

He has a 173-141 career record with 14 saves and a 3.55 ERA in 442 games, 263 starts. But the 5-foot-7, 160-pounder has struggled with injuries in recent years and compiled just a 9-16 record over the past four seasons.


Not sure that's really politically correct....or even very nice. :-o


i doubt it was used in a derogatory tone.
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Postby Snakes Gould » Tue Dec 19, 2006 5:38 am

pretty sure he was just using jap as shortened version of JAPanese...

why is EVERY transaction now listed in the leftovers...who cares about some old jap pitcher to the pirates other than pirate fans? ;-7
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