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he wasn't naked.
2012/7/19 花巻東 大谷投手 投球ダイジェスト 対一関学院戦best video I've seen of him so far.
If he comes to MLB, he goes to the minors and learns to command his pitches. Probably won't be expensive. If he decides to come here, I think it makes sense to try for him. The next wave of this kid and Little Gio could be quite awesome.
Does that apply to Japan, if so, I'd assume he goes to the Nipon league
He's an amateur so it counts. The nats have spent virtually none f their allotted $2.9mm so we could spend like 2 mil or a little more on him. It would be more of a bonus then he would get if he went npb
Japanese high school kids are protected from being signed by MLB teams.
OCTOBER 19TH: Otani is set to decide between playing in MLB and staying in Japan on Monday, according to a report from Sanspo (Japanese link) passed along by Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker (via Twitter).
It is being reported that MLB teams can sign him without a posting fee.
Yeah I just went to Patrick's site. He can sign but would be barred from playing in Japan until 3 years after he left the States. Weird penalty.
Plus, I think the NPB will send a nasty letter to the MLB or something like that.This is against the spirit of the talent agreement they have. I'm surprised MLB is allowing it.
Interesting. Are there any articles that cover that angle of this?
Many Japanese baseball officials are outraged that United States teams are courting Tazawa, a hard-throwing right-handed pitcher, because they insist it is long-established practice for amateurs like him to be strictly off limits to major league clubs. Even some American general managers, including the Yankees’ Brian Cashman, agree.
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