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  1. #31
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    Quote Originally Posted by ReJo View Post
    I know they have some great names.
    I remember Dice K had the "gyro ball" or something like that.
    And that dude the White Sox had years back with the "frisbee" that just got hammered after his first time through the league
    I believe his name was Shingo Takatsu...or something like that...Mr. Zero. Haha!

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    how many years?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randall Simon View Post
    I believe his name was Shingo Takatsu...or something like that...Mr. Zero. Haha!
    His entrance from the bullpen was pretty sick. A gong would sound and then the stadium would go dark and a bunch of Matrix-style, digital green zeros would appear on all of the electronic boards.

    He did a lot with mixing up velocity. I can't find his velocity on FanGraphs, but I seem to remember him throwing pitches ranging between 60mph and mid-80s.
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    Are there any Americans left on this team?
    To some, he was just a boy. A boy who played football, a football player that grew to be a man. A man that took over a city, a city that he made his own, a city that stands behind him in hopes of becoming one of that cities all-time greats. To some, 2013 was a fluke. To some, he can't do it again. To some, he got lucky.

    To us though, to the Philly faithful, that QB is Nick Foles. To us, that's our QB.

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    Doesn't say how long, but if he isn't going to pitch until 2014, at least 2 years. Split conyract so he won't need a 40 man spot.

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    Man this team is going to be so potentially above average in 2014 it's going to hurt. Look out baseball world.

    Not a bad arm at all really.

    Brings up something interesting:

    - Is oversea talent the new inefficiency?

    - How long does it last? It seems that we might be in it's prime as such rather than at the beginning.

    Are there any Americans left on this team?
    The fat ones, amirite!?!?!?
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    It looks like he takes good advantage of Japanese double spin mechanics, but at a possible 5 mil for a 36 year old coming off TJ? I don't know, does theo owe this guy a favor?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JonesSoda1314 View Post
    It looks like he takes good advantage of Japanese double spin mechanics, but at a possible 5 mil for a 36 year old coming off TJ? I don't know, does theo owe this guy a favor?
    If he sucks he never reaches the majors and costs peanuts. If he does well he makes the mlb roster and likely earns the money. $5 million won't keep the Cubs from doing anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JonesSoda1314 View Post
    It looks like he takes good advantage of Japanese double spin mechanics, but at a possible 5 mil for a 36 year old coming off TJ? I don't know, does theo owe this guy a favor?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xu9B4D7QQ-0

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    California penal league...can it happen we need willie mays hayes
    BUTTERFLIES AND RAINBOWS!!!!! JP611 Just called me an ecstasy user!!!! WTF!!!

    Welcome Tyler Kolek or Brady Aiken or Carlos Rodon if not one of them say hello To Alex Jackson.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randall Simon View Post
    I believe his name was Shingo Takatsu...or something like that...Mr. Zero. Haha!
    Yes that's him!

    He was actually a Cub for half a Spring Training in 2008

    In 2008, Takatsu attempted to return to U.S. baseball and signed a minor league deal, with an invitation to spring training, with the Chicago Cubs of the MLB.[1] However, he was released midway through spring training

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    From the comment section at Cubs Den, TokyoCraig:

    Hah! Just seeing this news now (lunchtime in Tokyo!). Well, Lim's team, the Yakult Swallows, are the team in my neighborhood. He came from Korea to Japan in 2008. I've seen a bunch of Swallows games the last few years. In general, he was a solid closer, and occasional setup man, for them.

    As others are starting to mention, maybe we can get an Okajima or Uehara type performance out of him. Those relievers were both late 30s when they came to the MLB. But it will have to be in 2014, since his TJ surgery was just in July. Maybe we'll get a brief look late next year.

    I don't see him as a closer in the MLB. Hopefully a good 7th/8th inning guy for us in 2014. Fujikawa has a stronger chance to become an MLB closer.
    Nakajima, the free agent shortstop - who probably needs to move to 3rd in the MLB - still seems to be out there...

    Not much else on the hitting front coming out of Japan this year.


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    Quote Originally Posted by CUBluejays View Post
    Doesn't say how long, but if he isn't going to pitch until 2014, at least 2 years. Split conyract so he won't need a 40 man spot.
    I "think" split contract guys DO get put on the 40 man. Pretty sure both Corpas and Sonnenstine did last year with us. In this case though, we can likely wait a while before adding him. Maybe even up to when we can put guys on the 60 day DL again, when he doesn't affect the 40 man at all.

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    Another questionable signing of a dude in his mid 30's.

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    Nakajima owns a career .310/.381/.474 line in Japan with 319 BBs/609 Ks in 3576 PAs. 104 HRs, 13 3Bs, 180 2B, 514 RBIs, and 474 RS.

    Coming off a .311/.381/.451 (567 PAs) season at age 29 with 29 2Bs, 13 HRs, 1 3B, 52 BB, 72 Ks...

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