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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Ohtani Almost Signed With Red Sox (but not when you think)

Traveling the world as international scouts, Jon Deeble and Eddie Romero encountered their share of oddities. But the Red Sox talent evaluators had no idea what awaited them at Hanamaki Higashi High School, a two-hour bullet train ride outside Tokyo, in 2012.

They had come to interview schoolboy phenom Shohei Ohtani, and all of Japan evidently knew it.

“The media sitting out in front of the school at the front entrance was unbelievable,” Deeble recalled. “When we went in to interview him, there were cameras as we walked in, and when we walked out they were asking us how it went. It was a media circus.”

“It was crazy,” Romero added. “I remember when we interviewed him after we got clearance from MLB on meeting him. There was paparazzi at the high school.”

Maybe old news to others but I didn’t realize that he had toyed with coming over straight out of high school.

Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: April 17, 2018 at 08:57 AM | 0 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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