Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Japanese team releases Brad Penny after just one start

He couldn’t take dancing with the BayStars?

Brad Penny is looking for work again, as the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks of Japan’s Pacific League released the 33-year-old right-hander, the team announced on Tuesday (via YakyuBaka.com).

Penny signed what was reportedly the largest deal ever to an American pitcher in his first year in Japan, worth $4 million plus another $3.5 million in performance bonuses. There was an additional $4.5 mutual option if he pitched 150 innings or won 12 games.

Instead, he managed just 3 1/3 innings in Japan. In his only start on April 4, Penny was saddled with a loss after giving up seven hits and six runs (four earned), striking out one and walking three. He threw just 64 pitches for the Hawks. The day after his start, he was taken off the team’s active roster with right shoulder pain.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 08, 2012 at 03:43 PM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: cardinals, celebrity wives, fat pitchers, free agents, japan, tigers

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. The Piehole of David Wells Posted: May 09, 2012 at 12:10 AM (#4127092)
This guy should be Vicente Padilla redux. Why doesn't anyone try him out of the bullpen?
   2. JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: May 09, 2012 at 12:31 AM (#4127112)
Chill. He was released barely one day ago.
   3. Robinson Cano Plate Like Home Posted: May 09, 2012 at 01:41 AM (#4127136)
Fukuoka?

As in, why the Fukuoka three guys in three innings?
   4. SG Posted: May 09, 2012 at 06:11 AM (#4127150)
I hope that $4M base wasn't guaranteed, otherwise I can't imagine how bad Penny must have looked to warrant being released.
   5. joyjoykid Posted: May 09, 2012 at 07:21 AM (#4127161)
Reportedly, Penny gets paid prorated portion of guaranteed money, which is something like 700k.
   6. Dan Lee prefers good shortstops to great paintings Posted: May 09, 2012 at 07:27 AM (#4127163)
I can't imagine how bad Penny must have looked to warrant being released.
Apparently he asked to be released.

1. Sign guaranteed contract
2. Tell employer you'd rather not work
3. Profit!

(There wasn't really anywhere to put the question marks in this case.)
   7. phineas Posted: May 10, 2012 at 01:18 AM (#4127993)
He is now among the "Jokes of the MLB" in Japan. The list includes:

Mike Greenwell
Dan Miceli
Kevin Mitchell
Goose Gossage

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Eugene Freedman
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogOMNICHATTER FOR APRIL 19, 2014
(44 - 3:47pm, Apr 19)
Last: Rickey! In a van on 95 south...

NewsblogOTP April 2014: BurstNET Sued for Not Making Equipment Lease Payments
(1698 - 3:47pm, Apr 19)
Last: GregD

NewsblogChase Utley is the hottest hitter in baseball and has a shot at .400
(19 - 3:46pm, Apr 19)
Last: cardsfanboy

NewsblogSCD: Bobby Cox Rookie Card Goes from Common Box to Hall of Fame
(4 - 3:44pm, Apr 19)
Last: Dock Ellis on Acid

NewsblogDoug Glanville: I Was Racially Profiled in My Own Driveway
(344 - 3:39pm, Apr 19)
Last: The Id of SugarBear Blanks

NewsblogRosenthal: MLB likely to adjust two rules: plays at home & transfer catches
(11 - 3:35pm, Apr 19)
Last: bobm

NewsblogSeidman: Velocity talk angers Papelbon, who cites Halladay
(5 - 3:34pm, Apr 19)
Last: base ball chick

NewsblogOT: The Soccer Thread March, 2014
(913 - 3:32pm, Apr 19)
Last: nick swisher hygiene

NewsblogNYT: Sandomir: When Swastikas, on Caps, Meant Luck
(4 - 3:23pm, Apr 19)
Last: JE (Jason Epstein)

NewsblogCesar Cabral tossed from game, from team
(19 - 3:21pm, Apr 19)
Last: bobm

NewsblogOT: NBA Monthly Thread - April 2014
(339 - 2:57pm, Apr 19)
Last: Rob_Wood

Newsblogmets.com: Through hitting system, Mets aim to build winner
(6 - 2:36pm, Apr 19)
Last: The District Attorney

NewsblogPirates Acquire Ike Davis From Mets
(33 - 2:12pm, Apr 19)
Last: formerly dp

NewsblogMinuteman News Center: Giandurco: This means WAR
(91 - 2:10pm, Apr 19)
Last: zenbitz

NewsblogOMNICHATTER FOR APRIL 18, 2014
(156 - 1:33pm, Apr 19)
Last: cardsfanboy

Demarini, Easton and TPX Baseball Bats

 

 

 

 

Page rendered in 0.2155 seconds
52 querie(s) executed