...turned out just fine”. Megdal’s latest.
But he uses former Met Masato Yoshii as one of his throwaway examples of a Japanese pitcher who couldn’t hack it here.
The thing is, Yoshii’s time in New York was actually a quiet success.
Hiroki Kuroda is the latest in a long line of Japanese pitchers to come overseas to face the highest level of competition, and while some of his predecessors have had success in the major leagues, none seems to have figured out a way to do it in New York. From Masato Yoshii to Kei Igawa (price tag: $46 million) to, most notoriously, Hideki Irabu, the legacy of Japanese pitchers in this town is one of failure and tragedy.
The problem with equating Masato Yoshii to Igawa and Irabu, in an article pointing out that not all Japanese pitchers are the same, should be obvious.
Yoshii pitched two seasons with the Mets after signing in January, 1998. His signing was not the high-profile, headline-grabbing event of Irabu’s or even Igawa’s. Yoshii’s base salary was just under $500,000 in 1998. In fact, he was brought in as a low-cost alternative to bringing back Dwight Gooden.
Posted: April 30, 2012 at 05:00 PM | 10 comment(s)
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