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Darvish brings to mind Daisuke memories

Posted on: December 8, 2011 2:46 am
DALLAS -- High-profile Japanese right-hander Yu Darvish wrote on his blog that he will be posted on Thursday and, thus, formally become available to major league clubs as a free agent.

As such, let's remember two words.

Daisuke Matsuzaka.

A handful of recent Japanese pitchers have disappointed in the majors. While Hideo Nomo had some very good moments, Hideki Irabu, Kei Igawa and Matsuzaka all did not live up to their billing.

Matsuzaka landed with the Boston Red Sox in 2007 following an incredibly high profile chase in which the Red Sox paid a $51 million posting price and $52 million in salary.

He went 15-12 in his first season and helped fuel a Red Sox World Series win, then went 18-3 in 2008.

He's done very little in the ensuing three seasons, combining to win just 16 games before landing on the disabled list last summer and undergoing Tommy John ligament replacement surgery in June.

"He was in Florida, doing well, and we fully expect that within the time frame of the surgery, within a year, he'd be back and ready sometime this summer," Scott Boras, Matsuzaka's agent, said.

Boras said the fit with new Boston manager Bobby Valentine should be comfortable. Valentine managed seven seasons in Japan since he last managed in the major leagues.

"Daisuke knows a great deal about Bobby Valentine, he's obviously very well respected," Boras said. "Certainly, Daisuke has a familiarity with him. I think the two have a lot in common. And I'm sure Bobby will take Daisuke to his favorite sushi restaurant, rather than vice-versa."

Since: Dec 27, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2011 5:19 pm

Darvish brings to mind Daisuke memories

"He will be back this year and grab 15 more wins"

You must know something the rest of the world doesn't. He's projected to miss the bulk of the season and Boston has no plans to use him. Even if he made spring training (which he won't since his surgery was in mid-June) there is absoultely not-a-god-damn-thing in his past two plus seasons that shows he could win 15 games lol.

So way to pull some random words out of your ass.

Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: December 8, 2011 1:34 pm

Darvish brings to mind Daisuke memories

I thought Dice K pitched pretty well while in Boston, until the world championships.  He never recovered from a dead arm and tried to pitch through it and subsequently got hurt.  He will be back this year and grab 15 more wins.  Alot better than what Lackey will ever do in Boston.

Since: Dec 7, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2011 11:10 am

Darvish brings to mind Daisuke memories

15 and 12..18 and 3..Fueled a the 2nd championship in 85 years!If my memory serves me right,Boston changed his preparation against his will!This,coupled with his over-use due to the World Baseball Classic led to injuries that hav'nt gone away..great pitcher who was mishandled and unappreciated by an organization who famously unappreciates it's star players(Ortiz offered 2yrs 18 mil)..Clemens,Ramirez,Garciaparra,Vaughn,Paplebon ect ect ect.The list is long,and it goes back to the likes of Fred Lynn..a healty Dice-K will go on to have many good years in MLB...Just not with the Red Sox!Put him in Seattle or Detroit in 2013 and beyond and he'll contend for the Cy Young!!

Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 3:05 am

Darvish brings to mind Daisuke memories

As soom as Daisuke went 18-3 but didn't pitch a lot of innings because he a nibbler I would have traded him to the NL. You can get by being a nibbler in the NL because you only face 7.5 batters. He would have averaged 7+ innings in the NL and been worth it. The dumbest thing you can do in investing or business is say "this has to pay off because I spent all this money". He wasn't a AL pichter and the Sox lost out by not trading him at his peak even if they had to eat salary and got lesser value.

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