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Kei Igawa was introduced to the media yesterday at Yankee Stadium. Here is how GM, Brian Cashman, described the Bombers' new southpaw:
"He's not a blower and he's not a soft-tosser," Cashman said. "He's somewhere in between.
"I think pitchability is the proper word. I think he knows how to pitch, I think he knows what he's doing."
"I think pitchability is the proper word. I think he knows how to pitch, I think he knows what he's doing."
Pitchability. Hey, you could look it up. I don't know where you'd look it up, but you could try all the same.
here is a list of 100 igawa facts as translated from a japanese website (via nyyfans.com):
3.Ate 100 plates of sushi on Shinjo's treat.
(On philosophy of eating) "If you aren't going to be full no matter how much you eat, then eat until you're sick of it."
17.Still a virgin when he turned pro. Manager Nomura ordered him to lose it.
29. Attention is caught accidentally by the doll picking crane machine next to the video arcade where he really wants to go. Spent whole time there and even forgot his wallet there. [so that must be one out of the four times mentioned in that interview...]
51. Asked about where he wants to go at team's group abroad vacation (team treat for division title), he said, "Dubai". Reason? "I want to see where all this oil got drilled out."
64. Watches the game (when he's not pitching) in infield audience seats, not dugout.
67. Likes to sleep
68. Feel ashamed about his large appetite. Eat sukiyaki by facing the wall to feel better.
96. Answer to a reporter's question, "See my hp (homepage)"
this kid had better be decent. it will kill me emotionally if he doesn't compete.
also, sorry everyone, but karim garcia will be playing for the phillies this season. my sincere apologies to the latino bambino's el caminos.
Me, I'm hoping there's reporter (PeteAbe!?) to tag along when Godziller brings Quest to his first NYC porn shop.
Otherwise, I wish I could put a bet on the odds that Quest finishes with more wins than DM, since that's the only thing that really matters and all. I'm not sure I believe it, but he's got a shot to make up for the expected difference in peripherals with that lineup.
The nice benefit for Quest(ion) is that if he pitches even close to DM and the Yanks finish better, he gets huge positive publicity. If he or the Yanks do awful, he's still not a national treasure.
Brian Cashman masquerading as Jeff Van Gundy.
Igawa and Pavano are gonna fight it out for the Cy Young this year...
He ate his lunchbox?
wow. i hadn't pondered matsui's interests in combination with the quest kid's obsessive tendencies. a recipe for hilarity.
9 *"Igawa and Pavano are gonna fight it out for the Cy Young this year...
ben, welcome to the Italian Stallion's Battalion, the fledgling pavano well-wishing committee and cheering section.
Matsui on Igawa:
"I am very excited that Kei Igawa has become a member of the New York Yankees. We played against each other many times in Japan, and I know firsthand that he is a highly talented player," Matsui said in a statement. "On the other hand, if he gets knocked out of a game, he will hear it from me before he hears it from the fans."
Hopefully having another guy there who has already gone through the transition will help Quest (a nickname that is great). I'm excited to see the guy pitch, and I agree, he seems easy to root for. I read that Top 100 list a few days ago, and there is some truly mind-boggling stuff on there. I like, as YFIB said, his manager ordering him to have sex and the fact that he sits in the stands when he isn't pitching. Maybe the Yankees will let him live in a trailer in the parking lot of the Stadium, like he asked his old team to let him do?
This is a comparison between DMats and IQuest. While DMats obviously has better numbers, the spread is not that great. Furthermore, in given years, IQuest has bettered DMats in both strikeouts and (the Japanese) Cy Young.
Looking at these numbers, I see the comparison between a #1 and a #2. Maybe DMats 'stuff' translates better as being dominant in MLB. But considering the Sox are looking for either an Ace or excellent #2, and we are looking for a reasonable #5, it seems our goals are a lot more realistic.
Is this about DMats hype? Those numbers just don't support what the CW is saying. And on top, IQuest is LH, a tiny advantage in MLB. Am I missing something?
The only advantage DMats has, is he doesn't have to listen to Schrill... although he will have to watch Manny.
i am really starting to get my hopes up, which is exactly what i had decided NOT to do.
19 Don't get your hopes up too high, you'll be happier. A decent number 5 is fine by me :-)
You gotta figure that beyond money it's all about prospects for the twinkies and with the Yanks now ranked #6 with pitching prospects according to somewhere I forget (they used to be #17 from the same organization), I think I finally see a Melky trade here in the making.
Fucking buying ourselves a championship again -- isn't it just disgusting? hehehe. I just hate it so much I have to pinch myself.
You also figure that no way is the Rocket going to team with Curt Swilling, so I'm pencilling in my starting five as
Johan My Johan
Now that's buying a championship, none of that loosy goosy change fallin' out of your pants that the rsawks want to pass off as "spending."
Evil moves to a new level in the sawksfan imagination. Do you know where your children are this summer?
I love it.
From what I've gathered (re: 4), perhaps IQuest's pitching is not as good as Matsuzaka, but his desire to compete is part of what got him to become a top pitcher in Japan.
i know, i know... but he eats like it's going out of style, potentially has a dry sense of humor, and said all of the right things at the press conference...
not a blower and not a soft-tosser... not a blower and not a soft-tosser... not a blower and not a soft-tosser...
I beg you.
Also, he's not Matsuzaka. Ok. He just isn't. "In given years he tops Matsuzaka in xyz category." That's sampling error. That's convenient comparison. Don't believe the hype. If this guy is league average, we will be very lucky.
Don't we think all pitchers except for Pavano maybe have a "desire to compete," and are "serious about their pitching?" I've never once seen a major league pitcher toss a ball underhand toward the plate, and the start giggling about it.
and matsuzaka has been billed as the "new ace" here in boston since the sox won the bidding. that there is a tall order. a precarious pedestal upon which to place a man.
i love the way ca$hman is playing this.
82 days until opening day.
you have made an enemy today, schteeve. prepare to have all that you once thought you knew about comeback carl's drive and determination disproved.
If things don't work out, we could just move him to 1B... ;-)
Hopefully, the Goose will get elected to the HoF today and then we'll have something solid to talk about.
The answer is clearly Mothra. It's those two freaky little princesses that make the difference.
and i thought it was the knicks smelling up ny
33 Sorry. You can't stop the madness around here, you can only hope to contain it for a little while... ;-)
Hmm - now there's an idea if Jorge suffers a major injury.
(I kid! I kid!)
Torre should take away his Playstation the night before each start, just to piss him off. He seems to pitch better when he's angry about anime and video games.
I would say Quiz came pretty close.
Quest needs to chat with Zumaya regarding video game addiction.
Also I think this guy has come pretty close on a couple of occasions:
19.Instantly gained much more weight after he moved out of the dormitory (note: Hanshin Tigers has its own dormitory for new players and rookies), and unable to be back into shape before next season.
62. His catcher Yano: "Most unlikely pitcher to take suggestion."
So, who are the next 2 pitchers to wear pinstripes in 2007?
And... Will Melky be wearing pinstripes in 2007, or is he officially tradebait?
Hmmm .... does Igawa seem any worse in that regard than say ... David Wells?
David was/is certainly a unique individual ... stubborn ... out-spoken, but he adored his days as a Yankee, and pitched his heart out for the team.
yes. i am basing all of this on a single interview and some list of 100 "facts" from some anonymous japanese website. although ca$hman pointed to the quester's learning of a bit of english over 2 days as an indication of his work ethic. i also like the idea of witholding video games as incentive (40)... brilliant.
46 Do current Yankee minor leaguers count?
Meanwhile if Cairo is on first, Who's on second? Horace Clark? Oh yeah, almost forgot: the Rat Sox eat @%#*! daily. . ..
it is official.
Just announced ...
McGwire got 23% .... hmmm ....
Not including the 2 blank ballots submitted (!):
Gwynn was left off 11 ballots
Ripken was left off 6 ballots
Those writers will be suspended from covering MLB for 50 games as first-time offenders ...
But not voting for Tony Gwynn? What's wrong with those 11 guys?
Others with less than five percent: Jay Buhner will join Ken Phelps in the "Not in the Hall of Fame" club. Albert Belle probably has the record for most home runs (381) without making it to the second ballot.
The real question is: When did they start letting Jay Buhner's mom vote for the HOF?
I'm not surprised that Goose didn't make it, but I am disappointed.
And if no one's made it unanimously so far (not Cobb, Young or Ruth) I just don't see why it should start with Ripken or Gwynn. Great guys, HoFers, sure, but not vastly better than other guys already in.
Alleged fans boo him all the time. Can't figure out why. The shortstop - Idon't giveadarn - and he seem to get along very well.
"He's not a blower and he's not a soft-tosser," Cashman said. "He's somewhere in between."
A hummer? A zinger?
As for Concepcion, I read that Tony Perez was stumping for him at the Winter Meetings. This campaign tactic clearly had a positive effect, so we may see more of it next year. It would be fun to see Reggie and Gator giving a pitch for the Goose.
I'm sure there were some voters who didn't vote for Goose because they wanted to give Ripken and Gwynn their own 'special' day. What garbage. Goose is just as deserving a HoF as those two. Who cares if he played for more than one team in his career?
71 Thank you, Bama.
Meanwhile, McGwire is taking the fall for every juicer in the game while Roger somehow escapes scrutiny (and subpoena) and will get inducted with a Ripkenesque vote.
I was at a game in 1978 where Guidry loaded the bases to lead off the 7th. Goose came in and allowed two of the runners to score, but he then induced Jim Rice to ground into an inning-ending double play, and proceeded to hold the Red Sox scoreless for the 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th innings (Sparky then pitched 3 more scoreless innings for the win). Simply amazing.
As standup implies, the only way to deal with the self-absorbed or self-promotional tendencies of uninformed or unworthy wielders of, um, "responsibility" is to marginalize them economically; it worked wonders against the faction of the population I mentioned previously, it'll work in this case. Don't read their columns, don't comment on their blogs, don't hit their pages, just pretend they're not there.
(Yes, I meant to be sarcastic on the marginalization bit, but it makes sense.)
At least baseball people know how to get along, and.... They announced what today now about who getting in where?
PS I underlined metaphorically 'cause I had to look it up.
PPS I bolded literally for emphasis. And cause I'm awesome.
1. Just after his posting (all you need to know)
2. A projection for Andy Pettitte type numbers
3. Under the radar possibilities
4. A link to the Pending Pinstripes article I just wrote. Mike A. over at MVN kindly asked me to do a guest piece.
He's the 2nd coming of David Wells in terms of quirkiness, which I think comes with pitchability. I guarantee he'll be the (unintentional?) cut up in the clubhouse on several occasions. I expect Jeter at one point to say, "He's definitely a character."
Mark that down on your Bronx Banter index card. I almost guarantee those exact words will come our of the Captain's mouth.
There once was this team called the Utica Blue Sox. It existed, for, oh 60+ years, and was famous (among other things) for being the Phillies' farm team in the late 40s where all the Whiz Kids played, and whoever managed the Whiz Kids as well.
In 2001, Cal Ripken Jr. decided that his hometown of Aberdeen, MD, HAD to have a minor league team. Because he wanted to build a mini-replica of Camden Yards and call it Ripken Stadium. And because he wanted to own a minor league team. Instead of buying an already-existing O's affiliate, he decided to buy the Blue Sox. And move them to Maryland. Because, you know, all the teams in the NY-Penn League would love those 10 hour (one way) bus rides down to Aberdeen. And the rivalry between Elmira and Aberdeen is legendary.
And so now the Aberdeen IronBirds (wonder where they got that name from?) play in the NY-Penn League, and Utica has no team. This Utica native, for one, has despised Cal Ripken Jr ever since. Team-stealing jerk.
Still, Shaun, don't you think that sin pales in comparison for all the good things he did as a ballplayer?
But I understand these things well - how people are treated affects us deeply sometimes. I, for one, may be driven from ever attending the the new Yankee Stadium based on how they treated their Bronx neighbors, especially the kids, for a greed inducing stadium that wasn't all that necessary. I, mean, can you even imagine climbing stairs to play on top of parking garages? I'll have to see if the execution is as horrible as I imagine it will be. If so, I can't imagine buying in to the overpriced tickets, parking, beer, etc.
This former Oriskany kid is with you 100% on Ripkin's annoying purchase. My mom now lives about 10 minutes from Murnane Field.
Was that not the same issue with the team from Upstate NY that moved to Staten Island for the Yankees?
I suspect what happened with Utica was that they didn't want to pony up for a new stadium. That's the reason Albany lost the A-C Yankees.
Having played in Riverbank State Park, & Trinity HS, I can say 'yes'
While Ripken did buy an established team and move it the O's did drop a franchise to accept the "Iron Birds" into the system. For me it's great because I get to see the SI Yankees when they come through as well as Trenton at Bowie and (now) S/WB in Richmond as well.
I read somewhere that Utica is attempting to obtain a franchise in the Canadian-American League. Good luck on that one. I have a lot of great memories of Utica and the surrounding country (especially fly fishing in the canal)
I understand your reasons to dislike him but Ripken isn't a bad guy really and he is the only one right now who has the nads to stand up to Angelos who has ruined the O's franchise from a competitive POV. He does a lot of good things here that he keeps under the radar. I think you might want to look into it but far be it from me to interfere in a deep-seated, heartfelt and honest dislike. :-)
97 Where does Trenton play around here? I passed their team bus last year going south on 95 right near Aberdeen, but I couldn't figure out where they were heading.
On another note, I saw these quotes in his press conference yesterday: "Well, I was out there pitching with a bad back for most of the year," Johnson added during a news conference Tuesday at Chase Field.
"Most people would not choose to do that, but that's the kind of person I am," Johnson said. "I'm an overpaid athlete who wants to try to give something back. It may sound kind of corny, but that's where I am at."
I'm going to miss the SOB and I'm sad we never got one good post-season start from him. He's one of the greatest of all-time and we didn't get to really cheer him on our side.
And then this:
The only player from the deal who is expected to make the roster out of spring training is Vizcaíno, who has logged at least 65 appearances in each of the last five years. "His nickname is Daily, because he takes the ball daily which fits our bullpen perfectly," Cashman said.
Insert "manager" for "bullpen", and Cash hits the nail.
When the Mets were having that shakeup, I was dying for someone to get Utica's name in the mix.
As bitter as I am about Ripkin taking the team, building a stadium would not have worked at all for the area, I think - I would have to wonder if it could be supported. I don't know the exact figures for the attendance, but there are enough people gasping for money in the area that a building a stadium seems (to a liberal do-gooder like myself) like spitting at people who need actual help in a rather economically depressed area (education, healthcare, housing, etc.). Oneida and the surrounding counties have historically had the highest unemployment in the state.
All that said, when I win powerball or sell that novel and movie rights, I'm bringing a team back to Murnane.
Pics of the Blue Sox-less stadium:
I was bummed at what they did to Macombs, but I understand why things went down the way they did. I don't like it, but I can't say that it wasn't unexpected.
As for the Thunder, I'm not sure where you are, but the Eastern League has teams in Binghamton, Norwich, New Britain, Manchester, Portland, Trenton, Akron, Altoona, Bowie, Erie, Harrisburg, & Reading.
102 Murnane Field was in fine shape, IIRC, but like Ravenscar said, it was basically a grandstand and bleechers, with plain old style ballfield concessions. Nothing fancy. You compare it to some of the more recently built minor league stadiums - like Mr. Ripken's - and it obviously falls short in terms of being a money-maker.
And I too don't think building an actual stadium in Utica would have been feasible at the time. Raf, I'm sure you're right re 96 - the city nor the county would have ponied up if asked.
94 Steve, the biggest problem wasn't attendance, or lack thereof - with a small, quaint facility, the team's owner wasn't making much profit even if they filled the stands every night. And Ripken did make a good offer - by which I mean a huge ton of cash.
97 MFD, I hear everything you're saying, but I this is one thing I have a hard time letting go of. My dad and I have gotten into some heated arguments about this - but I haven't been able to get over it yet.
I have no problem admitting my rationality goes out the window when someone brings up the Blue Sox and/or Ripken. =)
As for the Thunder bit, the question was for wsporter, but that's exactly it - none of those teams are south of Aberdeen, MD. So I couldn't figure out why I saw the team bus, with players aboard, heading south.
102 That seems to be the case, that the Utica park wasn't up to code. A lot of these parks were replaced with new ones, partly because of ADA compliance. There seems to have been a lot of new minor league parks being constructed at the same time.
A hummer? A zinger?
a sofblower or a bloftosser?
From the SF Chronicle:
"The Diamondbacks signed Ortiz to a four-year, $33 million contract before the 2005 season, but after he went 5-19 over 11/2 seasons in the desert, the Diamondbacks cut him while still on the hook for about $22 million, the largest contract a baseball team ever has eaten."
That would be an interesting top ten list. I know somebody must have done it.
would the Indians 10-year contract for Wayne Garland be on that list, at least in terms of length (I believe he still had 5 years on his contract when released)
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