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Interesting information from Japan
15 years ago  ::  Dec 02, 2006 - 7:35PM #1
ICeMan
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Interesting information from Japan



The Yankees reportedly have interest in Julio Zuleta, a 31-year free agent first baseman who played in Japan the last three seasons.


His agent, Gene Casaleggio, claims Zuleta has hit .273 with seven home runs against Daisuke Matsuzaka.


Not so, says an e-mail I received today. According to Gary Garland, who runs the Japanese Baseball Daily web site, Zuleta is 16 of 59 (.271) against Matsuzaka but has only two home runs, not seven.


It also seems that Zuleta is seeking a long-term deal in Japan, which U.S. players usually do not get. He could be trying to use the Yankees as leverage.


Garland says to keep an eye on Chunichi superstar right fielder Kosuke Fukudome, who will be a free agent after next season.


Hanshin right-handed reliever Kyuji Fujikawa is hoping to get posted after next season. He has a 96-mph fastball and a heck of as forkball.


Garland also believes that Kei Igawa will not wilt under the pressure of playing in New York. Igawa, he says, is a hardcore video game player and seems somewhat oblivious to what is going on around him. Hanshin, his team in Japan, has perhaps the most boisterous fans in Japan, so playing for the Yankees shouldn't be a big transition.



http://www.lohud.com/blogs/lohudyankees.html



15 years ago  ::  Dec 02, 2006 - 7:40PM #2
MyYESNetwork
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Sheeesh. Even more good news. (Speaking of the first baseman).



As to Igawa.. he will likely have ice running in his veins, but that
doesn't mean he'll be a great starting pitcher. He only has 3
pitches and one, I understand, has not been consistent. So,
perhaps he bolsters our BP. But, no great starter.
15 years ago  ::  Dec 02, 2006 - 8:23PM #3
Tarman12
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Igawa will be better than the doomsday predictors say, and not as good as the rose-colored glasses people think. My opinion-----14 wins.
15 years ago  ::  Dec 02, 2006 - 8:32PM #4
ICeMan
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, Hello, Does any have information on Nobuhiko Matsunaka? What numbers he have against matsuzaka?


I read about Zuleta in japanese papers, too: how can he be a Matsuzaka-killer w/ .260~270 w/a few HRs? The famous Daisuke killer is ChiSox's Iguchi. He owns Matsuzaka: hitting .400~.500, 6, 7HRs.


Kousuke Fukudome is probably the best OF in Japan now: he can hit for average and has got some pop; he also has a very good arm. He also hit that key HR in the semi final and clutch hits in WBC.


Kyuji is a good (not great) releiver: in WBC A-Rod hit a walk-off hit off Kyuji.

15 years ago  ::  Dec 02, 2006 - 10:32PM #5
MyYESNetwork
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He's a righty first baseman. Nuff said. wink
15 years ago  ::  Dec 02, 2006 - 11:52PM #6
derekjeter
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So is Phil Nevin. Why don't we get him too while we're at it? So am I, actually... Do you want to sign me too?
15 years ago  ::  Dec 03, 2006 - 12:11AM #7
MyYESNetwork
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Because Nevin is basically an expensive Rondell White? People don't become LESS injury-prone at his age, either. 04_02_200
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