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He would look good in pinstripes.
Hasn't pretty much everyone outbidded the Yankees for Japanese talent?
I agree it's not a foregone conclusion that he's going to the Yankees.
The reports were that Tanaka was going to meet with Rakuten management today and it seems like they have come to an agreement
The eventual contract will be interesting. Any ideas how much he'll get? Is he going to see $15M/year, $20M?
While I don't presume to know anything about Tanaka's thought process (or this process in general), the Yankees do have international name cache that no other team has. Playing for the Yankees is no doubt seen as more prestigious for the average Japanese baseball player.
If a team wants cache in Japan, signing Tanaka is a good way to get it. Ostensibly that gives greater incentive to teams that don't already have it.
Don't count the Angels out of the Tanaka sweepstakes. After two disappointing seasons, Moreno needs to make a major move (especially involving a player who's not entering his decline phase) to placate his jittery fan base, especially with the revitalization in blue over at Chavez Ravine
The CA top rate is 12.3% (over $500K). NY top rate is 8.2%.
Playing for the Yankees is no doubt seen as more prestigious for the average Japanese baseball player.
In Japan the Ruth visit will never be forgotten. In front of the country's biggest ball park, Koshien Stadium in Osaka, a bronze plaque commemorates the momentous fact: Babe Ruth played here. Japan's annual baseball day, held to promote the game among the small fry, is called Babe Ruth Day. Recently a leading Japanese weekly listed the most famous personalities in Japan during the last 40 years. All names were Japanese—except one, an American. You guessed it.
Tanaka will be represented by Derek Jeter's agent, Casey Close.
But wouldn't they be better off putting a good product on the field, and marketing a great player?
Yankee "Mystique" and "Aura" were found bludgeoned to death in the gutter on River Avenue, just short of midnight on October 20th, 2004.
Rk Player IP From To Age G GS
1 Walter Johnson 1724.1 1907 1912 19-24 225 194
2 Christy Mathewson 1693.1 1901 1905 20-24 211 196
3 Bert Blyleven 1611.1 1970 1975 19-24 216 213
4 Bob Feller 1448.1 1936 1941 17-22 205 175
5 Larry Dierker 1409.1 1964 1971 17-24 205 191
6 Frank Tanana 1321.0 1973 1978 19-24 175 170
7 Hal Newhouser 1316.1 1939 1945 18-24 224 166
8 Don Drysdale 1315.1 1956 1961 19-24 228 179
9 Catfish Hunter 1312.2 1965 1970 19-24 211 189
10 George Mullin 1310.2 1902 1905 21-24 165 151
11 Chief Bender 1299.0 1903 1908 19-24 187 144
12 Dwight Gooden 1291.0 1984 1989 19-24 177 175
13 Fernando Valenzuela 1285.1 1980 1985 19-24 176 166
Rk Player IP From To Age
1 Walter Johnson 4190.0 1913 1927 25-39
2 Bert Blyleven 3358.2 1976 1992 25-41
3 Christy Mathewson 3061.2 1906 1916 25-35
4 Frank Tanana 2867.1 1979 1993 25-39
5 Bob Feller 2378.2 1945 1956 26-37
6 George Mullin 2376.0 1906 1915 25-34
7 Catfish Hunter 2136.2 1971 1979 25-33
8 Don Drysdale 2116.2 1962 1969 25-32
9 Chief Bender 1718.0 1909 1925 25-41
10 Hal Newhouser 1676.2 1946 1955 25-34
11 Fernando Valenzuela 1644.2 1986 1997 25-36
12 Dwight Gooden 1509.2 1990 2000 25-35
13 Larry Dierker 924.1 1972 1977 25-30
Seems to be a lot of speculation that Tanaka signs for ~ $100M-$125M for 6 years. Pretty risky to go much higher, but perhaps somebody's scouting report or need for a quick fix will justify it.
The murder weapon is believed to be the box of syringes found at the scene of the crime. A potential clue was scrawled on an adjacent wall in eyeblack but confounds investigators to this day: "Dominican milkshakes, LOL"
When called for comment, George Mitchell issued a statement: "What's a telephone?"
Add in that the Dodgers have tax advantages over the Yankees
I don't see how this is true.
The CA top rate is 12.3% (over $500K). NY top rate is 8.2%.
Gee, I wonder why Connecticut & Nevada are so popular with the wealthy?
Whining that steroids are associated with New York instead of Boston is like b1tching about Yogi being voted the All Ugly Team catcher ahead of Fisk.
The New York Times today broke the story that in 2003 both Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz had tested positive for performance enhancing drugs. This story has completely shaken the world off its axis. Though by world we refer only to people who refer to themselves as "members of Red Sox Nation. Yeah, I'm sooooooo cool."
Among those whose world has been shaken: George Mitchell. The former U.S. Senator and PED investigator could not believe that Ortiz had taken performance enhancers.
"Wow," said Mitchell. "I mean, when I did my report, I talked to a couple guys who'd spent time in New York because I just knew that there was no way New York could've been so good in the late 90s. Think about it, we had Nomar, but they always won. They always won. I just knew that all of the performance enhanced players were on that team."
News of Ortiz's PED use raises questions about how fair and balanced Mitchell's report was, considering his strong ties to the Red Sox. Mitchell denied any bias on his part.
"I was in no way biased in my report on PED use in New York . . . I mean baseball. That report was fair. I even had my good friend Bill O'Reilly take a look and he assured me that it was the best piece of unbiased investigatory writing he'd ever read."
Nonetheless, there are still skeptics. "How come youse guys nehva looked at tha 2003 list?" complained Brooklyn resident and loyal WFAN listener Tony. Mitchell's response? "Ortiz was on it, I wasn't going to cite that."
I don't understand what's in this for the Eagles. Is $20 million that big a deal?
My limited understanding is that there's less money in Japanese baseball and that the Eagles are a small-market team. But wouldn't they be better off putting a good product on the field, and marketing a great player?
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