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    Giants sign japanese 2b to minor league deal

    I hear #SFGiants closing in on signing 2B Kensuke Tanaka to minor-league deal with spring-training invite. Hit .300 for Nippon Ham Fighters.
    Via 5pointer via John Shea.

    Theriot's replacement.
    #JoergerBomb

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    - He runs meetings like a coach. Basically, Im playing with a coordinator on the field. Hes a football God. He sees everything, and he sees the big picture of everything." - Frank Gore on Andrew Luck
    - "He is as smart as Peyton, as accurate as Brady, tougher than Ben and as athletic as RG3." - Anonymous Head Coach on Andrew Luck

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    Interesting. Have we ever had a Japanese infielder?

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    And you guys thought we had no money left to spend. Y'all are a bunch of fools!

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    ray: Pls let him have orange hair

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    Unfortunately no orange hair. But he does wear pink framed sun glasses.

    http://japan.oakley.com/community/at...e-tanaka02.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by SFrush90 View Post
    Unfortunately no orange hair. But he does wear pink framed sun glasses.

    http://japan.oakley.com/community/at...e-tanaka02.jpg
    Now we know the real reason why the Giants signed him. Larry Baer sees those sun glasses and thinks $$$$$$
    #JoergerBomb

    Watching the Giants bullpen like:

    <3


    - He runs meetings like a coach. Basically, Im playing with a coordinator on the field. Hes a football God. He sees everything, and he sees the big picture of everything." - Frank Gore on Andrew Luck
    - "He is as smart as Peyton, as accurate as Brady, tougher than Ben and as athletic as RG3." - Anonymous Head Coach on Andrew Luck

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    50 Shades of Kensuke.

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    At least they're doing something..,







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    Sure beats Burriss....or at least I hope he does.

    "It's hard to win an argument with a smart person, but it's damn near impossible to win an argument against a stupid person." - Bill Murray
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    The difference between me and you is I don't need the internet to discuss baseball intelligently.

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    Damn he's an old man.

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    Interesting signing.

    Never understood why SF hasn't dominated the Japanese player market. So easy to sell in the bay area. I remember Shinjo having the hugest following even though he couldn't hit a lick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by giantspwn View Post
    Interesting signing.

    Never understood why SF hasn't dominated the Japanese player market. So easy to sell in the bay area. I remember Shinjo having the hugest following even though he couldn't hit a lick.
    In the 90's I frequently did business with the Japanese, and that means getting drunk and talking. I did great over there, but I never got a straight answer regarding "Why not the Giants?" Apparently the SF Giants weren't "acceptable" or an "appropriate" team. I never did get a straight answer out of them, but you never do when they have something unpleasant to say. Apparently, they don't like us, for whatever reason. I dunno, maybe they think SF is small beans?

    Whatever. F'em.

    I wish the new guy the best, he'll need it. Stepping over Theriot's hurdle will be no easy task.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cangrejo View Post
    Stepping over Theriot's hurdle will be no easy task.
    Being the DH in the series-clinching World Series game is no small task.







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    Quote Originally Posted by giantspwn View Post
    Interesting signing.

    Never understood why SF hasn't dominated the Japanese player market. So easy to sell in the bay area. I remember Shinjo having the hugest following even though he couldn't hit a lick.
    I'm showing my age..but I think giants had first japanese player releiver masanari murakami..back in 60's

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    You are correct.

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