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Gerardo Parra Signs With Japan’s Yomiuri Giants

Veteran outfielder Gerardo Parra has reached an agreement to sign a contract with the Yomiuri Giants of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball, the Giants announced Wednesday (hat tip: Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker, on Twitter). The Giants have announced the move in a press release on their official web site. It’s a $2MM deal that includes a $3MM vesting option for 2021, per Jose Rivera of ESPN Deportes (via Twitter).

The 32-year-old Parra, a client of Octagon, won a World Series ring with the Nationals and will now head overseas for the next chapter of his career. He signed a minor league contract with San Francisco last offseason but ultimately landed with the Nats after being cut loose by MLB’s Giants.

No word yet as for where Baby Shark has signed.

 

QLE Posted: November 20, 2019 at 01:07 PM | 39 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Walt Davis Posted: November 20, 2019 at 02:56 PM (#5902695)
Good for him. The man's made $41 M and he'd still rather play baseball in a very foreign land than hang 'em up.
   2. Tom Nawrocki Posted: November 20, 2019 at 03:03 PM (#5902699)
As long as he doesn't come back to the Rockies, I don't care where he goes.
   3. PreservedFish Posted: November 20, 2019 at 03:11 PM (#5902706)
I've always been curious about how these deals get inked. Who calls who first? Is there a single liaison you use to let all NPB teams you're available?
   4. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: November 20, 2019 at 03:14 PM (#5902709)
If the Japanese haven't yet been exposed to Baby Shark, sending Parra will literally be the worst thing we've ever done to them.
   5. KJOK Posted: November 20, 2019 at 05:02 PM (#5902759)
Baby Shark is Korean, and don't think the Japanese really embrace Korean things, so I would guess Baby Shark & baseball combo is officially over now.
   6. Esoteric Posted: November 20, 2019 at 05:57 PM (#5902779)
Happy trails, Baby Shark.

Gerardo Parra will forever be a part of Nationals lore, and he can retire from baseball knowing that there's a town whose fans are going to have fond memories of him for a very long time.
   7. Bourbon Samurai stays in the fight Posted: November 20, 2019 at 06:00 PM (#5902781)
Hope to see him on the Nats coaching staff when his career is done. He had a tremendous surge as a player when he first got to Washington and drove in a lot of runs, but his overall numbers were pretty down and his defense wasn't great. It probably makes more sense to let Michael Taylor or Andrew Stevenson hold down that role next year, but man, Parra will be missed in the clubhouse and dugout for sure.
   8. Bourbon Samurai stays in the fight Posted: November 20, 2019 at 06:02 PM (#5902783)
Baby Shark is Korean, and don't think the Japanese really embrace Korean things, so I would guess Baby Shark & baseball combo is officially over now.


Japanese love Korean stuff, music, dramas, etc, they just don't like Koreans
   9. Howie Menckel Posted: November 20, 2019 at 06:11 PM (#5902786)
um, there's a lot of conflicting history on that - well, on second thought maybe there it isn't, considering....
   10. Barnaby Jones Posted: November 20, 2019 at 06:24 PM (#5902792)
Baby Shark was sensation in Asia well before the US "discovered" it. I moved back to the states in mid 2018 after living in SE Asia for a number of years. I was thrilled to leave that monstrosity of a song behind. To my horror, only a few months later I was subjected to the whole phenomenon starting again; seeing lame Americans "ironically" meme it up has been excruciating. The Washington Nationals' embrace of this song is worse than anything the Astros have ever done and they should be contracted back to Montreal.

I assume Parra is heading East (well, West, I guess?) to undergo some form of penance.
   11. Esoteric Posted: November 20, 2019 at 06:36 PM (#5902795)
I'll have you know, that as the father of a 16 month old, hell yes "Baby Shark" is a thing with us. And...we kind of like it.

The Nats fandom doesn't hurt, I suppose.
   12. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: November 20, 2019 at 06:39 PM (#5902797)
I'll have you know, that as the father of a 16 month old, hell yes "Baby Shark" is a thing with us. And...we kind of like it.
So, post-2002 Springsteen no, Baby Shark yes...you're really boosting your music podcaster cred here today ;).
   13. Bote Man Posted: November 21, 2019 at 02:33 AM (#5902870)
I'll never forget the look on Freddy Freeman's face as he stood at 1B taking in the crowd as they did the Baby Shark thing at Nats Park. Priceless!

If Parra caused as little as one extra Nats base runner because the defense was so flustered by that stupid song, it was totally worth it.
   14. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: November 21, 2019 at 09:04 AM (#5902883)
What happened in the field with Parra in 2013? Looks like he moved from CF to RF and then had a monster year in the field...but he was never able to come even close to that level again. I typically like dWAR and probably weight it more than most, but it's unexplainable years like that that tamp down my warm and fuzzy feelings for it.
   15. Ziggy is done with Dominican discotheques Posted: November 21, 2019 at 09:18 AM (#5902886)
So basically Barnaby is telling us that he's responsible for bringing that thing over here. For which I think we have some tar and feathers ready.

And anyways, Yomiuri's glory days may be behind it, but it's still a cultural institution. Stories of American players having trouble adjusting to Japan are legion, I wonder if it's any worse if they're playing for a team that gets the attention that the Giants do, versus playing for the Ham Fighters up in Hokkaido or something.
   16. Zonk Has Two Faces, Both Laughing Posted: November 21, 2019 at 12:17 PM (#5902952)
Good for him. The man's made $41 M and he'd still rather play baseball in a very foreign land than hang 'em up.


Hang 'em up?

Dude's 32!

Sounds more like he'd prefer a guaranteed 2m rather than spending the next few years chasing NRIs...
   17. Tom Nawrocki Posted: November 21, 2019 at 01:46 PM (#5902985)
Dude's also a corner outfielder who hasn't had an OPS+ above 100 since 2015. He ought to feel lucky he has a job anywhere on the planet.
   18. PreservedFish Posted: November 21, 2019 at 02:01 PM (#5902990)
Wow, he had a -2.7 WAR season for the Rockies. That's impressive.
   19. Mike Webber Posted: November 21, 2019 at 02:06 PM (#5902991)
Wow, he had a -2.7 WAR season for the Rockies. That's impressive.


Well, Tom is bitter for a reason. It's not just a random, Tom don't like that guy thing.
   20. Tom Nawrocki Posted: November 21, 2019 at 02:10 PM (#5902994)
That was the year he drew 9 walks and grounded into 16 double plays. There's no amount of cheerleading from the bench that can make up for an atrocious performance like that.
   21. JAHV Posted: November 21, 2019 at 02:12 PM (#5902995)
He also had a season where he put up 3.5 wins of value on defense, which is not only 2.5 defensive wins more than in any other season, but it's more value than he's put up IN TOTAL in any other season. I remember Parra having a rep as a pretty good defender early in his career, and the numbers back that up through this season (2013 when he was 26), but that is quite the outlier. I'm trying to recall - did he rob a bunch of homeruns that year? Maybe I'm making it up, but that seems to be very faintly ringing a bell, and I know those types of plays can boost single season outfield defensive numbers in a fluky way.
   22. PreservedFish Posted: November 21, 2019 at 02:13 PM (#5902996)
20 - I'm sorry you had to watch that. I'm getting agitated just thinking about how frustrating that would be.
   23. vortex of dissipation Posted: November 21, 2019 at 02:20 PM (#5903000)
And anyways, Yomiuri's glory days may be behind it, but it's still a cultural institution.


They did make it to the Japan Series this season for the first time since 2013, but got swept by the Hawks.
   24. PreservedFish Posted: November 21, 2019 at 02:34 PM (#5903005)
Does anyone have a sense that different types of former MLB players do better in Japan than others? Certainly the stereotype is of the AAAA slugger, which doesn't describe Parra at all.
   25. Tom Nawrocki Posted: November 21, 2019 at 02:48 PM (#5903008)
Parra always looked like a good defensive outfielder to me - it's the one thing he does at a major league level. I don't know why his numbers aren't better.

A lot of Rockies fans loved his attitude, but the theatrics combined with his poor play just grinded on me. It's like, rather than spending so much time cheering for your teammates, why don't you figure out how to take a decent approach at the plate?

He illustrates the problem of bringing in character guys - everybody liked Parra so much that they didn't want to be a cold-hearted bastard and tell him that he was killing the team. The Rockies are going through the same thing with Ian Desmond; everybody raves about his work ethic and clubhouse demeanor, and those things are great, but people kid themselves into believing they make up for a sub-.300 OBP.

   26. PreservedFish Posted: November 21, 2019 at 02:52 PM (#5903010)
The Rockies seem to have different priorities. It's like they're run by a dad that thinks it's more important to give all the players a chance to play, and would rather teach the kids lessons about playing the game the right way than win.
   27. "RMc", the superbatsman Posted: November 21, 2019 at 03:09 PM (#5903013)
the Japanese really embrace Korean things

Sometimes a little too much.
   28. Walt Davis Posted: November 21, 2019 at 04:03 PM (#5903027)
Does anyone have a sense that different types of former MLB players do better in Japan than others? Certainly the stereotype is of the AAAA slugger, which doesn't describe Parra at all.

No idea but, Hideki Matsui and Ohtani aside, Parra is the type of (Japanese-born) position player MLB usually brings over from Japan.

Hang 'em up? Dude's 32!

And has earned $41 M, probably has $15-20 in the bank and probably has no future in MLB. Seems an excellent time to retire, take up golf, do the fantasy camp thing, maybe see if you have what it takes to be a broadcaster or maybe go into coaching or FO stuff if you want to stay in baseball. Hauling up roots, going to a (very) foreign culture and NPB ball doesn't sound like a lot of fun for the players when you don't need the money ... that's a desire to play baseball.
   29. PreservedFish Posted: November 21, 2019 at 04:15 PM (#5903028)
Why would you think he has 15-20 in the bank?

I doubt that he needs the money, but I suspect that it would still make a difference in his life.
   30. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: November 21, 2019 at 04:17 PM (#5903029)
Hauling up roots, going to a (very) foreign culture and NPB ball doesn't sound like a lot of fun for the players when you don't need the money ... that's a desire to play baseball.
Maybe he wants to get as far away as possible from his kids and their incessant demands for Baby Shark.
   31. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: November 21, 2019 at 04:21 PM (#5903031)
I remember that in You Gotta Have Wa, Whiting said that the one sure-fire way to get ejected from a game in NPB was to call the ump a Korean.
   32. stanmvp48 Posted: November 21, 2019 at 04:21 PM (#5903032)
Parra was also, by my observation, an extremely foolish base runner.
   33. vortex of dissipation Posted: November 21, 2019 at 05:06 PM (#5903039)
Hauling up roots, going to a (very) foreign culture and NPB ball doesn't sound like a lot of fun for the players when you don't need the money ... that's a desire to play baseball.


Parra is from Venezuela. He may find the American culture just as "foreign" as the Japanese culture.
   34. Bote Man Posted: November 21, 2019 at 07:36 PM (#5903065)
I'll never forget the look on Freddy Freeman's face as he stood at 1B taking in the crowd as they did the Baby Shark thing at Nats Park. Priceless!

Video evidence exists!

While I appreciate the disdain held by Rockies fans against Parra for his play there, Gerardo was juuuuuuuust enough of a boost at a time in the season when the Nats needed it. His hitting fell off as the season wore on, but by then the regulars were back off the Injured List and the team was firing on all cylinders, which allowed the dugout cheer leading stuff to be a happy diversion rather than a distraction. So for the Nats fans, we have every reason to love him. And it looks like he got a chance to exit--stage right--at the perfect time, so we don't have him robbing plate appearances from better hitters.

If I could explain why a player stinks in one town, but flourishes after being traded to another, then I'd be the one worrying about where to stash my millions.
   35. The Honorable Ardo Posted: November 21, 2019 at 08:36 PM (#5903074)
Parra is the kind of player hurt by the modern game. In the old days, a .275 hitting outfielder with some pop, known as a great clubhouse guy, would have a guaranteed roster spot throughout his 30s.

But he doesn't draw walks, his defensive skills have eroded, and every team has 13 pitchers, so there's no room at the inn.
   36. jingoist Posted: November 22, 2019 at 11:45 AM (#5903150)
Team chemistry trumps strategy every time.
What Parra brought to the Nats cannot be truly appreciated by the general public that did not witness the cohesive change in the team after mid-May and Parra’s joining the team.
Maybe the Giants witnessed this years mlb postseason and said”bring us the author of this phenomenon “, hence a substantial salary for a sub-par on the field player but clubhouse Svengali.
Whether or not he can duplicate the 2019 Nationals experience is to be debated.
Hispanic exuberance and celebrations may be foreign to the Japanese society, of this I am ignorant.
But I thank Gerardo every time we discuss the 2019 Nats season and his crucial role in getting Soto, Robles, Cabrera and even Strasburg to be happy believing warriors.
   37. The Yankee Clapper Posted: November 22, 2019 at 03:13 PM (#5903241)
What Parra brought to the Nats cannot be truly appreciated by the general public that did not witness the cohesive change in the team after mid-May and Parra’s joining the team.
Not to completely denigrate Parra’s contribution, but getting Turner, Rendon & Soto back from injuries certainly helped to turn the club around. Parra also hit pretty well for a time after adopting Baby Shark, which made it a lot easier for him to contribute to the relaxed, more confident clubhouse atmosphere.
   38. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: November 22, 2019 at 03:27 PM (#5903250)
Team chemistry trumps strategy every time.
What Parra brought to the Nats cannot be truly appreciated by the general public that did not witness the cohesive change in the team after mid-May and Parra’s joining the team.
Maybe the Giants witnessed this years mlb postseason and said”bring us the author of this phenomenon “, hence a substantial salary for a sub-par on the field player but clubhouse Svengali.
Whether or not he can duplicate the 2019 Nationals experience is to be debated.
Hispanic exuberance and celebrations may be foreign to the Japanese society, of this I am ignorant.
But I thank Gerardo every time we discuss the 2019 Nats season and his crucial role in getting Soto, Robles, Cabrera and even Strasburg to be happy believing warriors.
Is this a...parody or something?
   39. Bote Man Posted: November 22, 2019 at 05:02 PM (#5903291)
Maybe? But Parra accomplished the Herculean task of getting Strasburg to smile. Hat's off to him!

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