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Cashman said he is not expected to be a staff ace.
“That’s asking too much,” Cashman said. “Clearly, he is going to have to transition from Japan to the States.
I might be misremembering (from a long time ago), but I thought research showed pitchers generally have the advantage over hitters in unfamiliar matchups, as compared to familiar matchups?
He may be talking more about the cultural/language stuff than on-the-mound things.
Cashman is trying to prepare Yankee fans for the possibility that Tanaka's W-L record doesn't improve.
Low-balling expectations is pretty much standard operating procedure for first-year players
Cashman said Tanaka has several adjustments to make, including pitching every five days instead of seven, the differences with the baseball and the strike zone, and the batters he will face.
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