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Postby Amazinz » Wed Oct 19, 2005 12:18 pm

Some info on Matsuzaka posting. Seems like the Lions do not want to allow it.

Japan Times Online wrote:Matsuzaka to pursue MLB

Seibu Lions ace right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka said Sunday he will press ahead with his wish to pursue a career in the major leagues via the so-called posting system in the upcoming offseason.

"I've been hoping for quite a long time to play in the majors as early as possible, and I won't give up on it so easily," Matsuzaka said, adding he will ask Seibu officials to discuss the matter shortly.

Nearly a year ago, Seibu suggested it would give Matsuzaka a chance to make a switch to the majors through the posting system, in which major league teams present sealed bids for Japanese players, on condition that he perform well enough to make his case this year.

But Seibu officials are not convinced by the performance of Matsuzaka, who finished the regular season with a 14-13 record with a 2.30 ERA, the third best in the Pacific League.

Matsuzaka appeared in 28 games and led the league with 226 strikeouts, 15 complete games, three shutouts and 215 innings pitched.

"It's obvious his season records are not convincing enough. He is an important player, and we need him for the next season," Seibu manager Tsutomu Ito said.

Seibu finished the regular season in third place and was eliminated in the first stage of the league's two-stage postseason playoffs.


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Japanese Baseball.com Profile

Excerpt about him from Neyer's page:

Rob Neyer wrote:The gyroball works well in the confines of a supercomputer, but how does it work on the field? There are several pitchers making use of double-spin mechanics, but there is also a clear star: Daisuke Matsuzaka. The Seibu Lions’ 23-year-old ace throws a 98-m.p.h. fastball in addition to his gyroball, but he is best remembered in Japan for pitching ten innings in an Olympics game while just out of high school. He has lived up to the promise he showed in 2000, but has experienced elbow problems over the last two seasons.

Is this elbow problem the result of throwing the gyroball? Some flaw in double-spin theory? It’s hard to know. While much of the pitching research being done in Japan is on a par with that in America, research on pitch counts and pitcher workload has been ignored. Pitchers routinely throw 150 or more pitches and are asked to throw more in the bullpen after a poor performance. Matsuzaka is reported to have thrown more than 140 pitches ten times in 2002, just before his shoulder problems began. Worse, he had a legendary high-school start in which he pitched a complete game . . . and threw 249 pitches in 17 innings!
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Postby Music2004Man » Wed Oct 19, 2005 12:35 pm

Thanks for the info Amazinz. Who do you think would be interested in him?
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Postby Amazinz » Wed Oct 19, 2005 12:46 pm

From what I have read he has a 98-mph fastball and pretty nasty breaking stuff. Better question might be, who wouldn't be interested? :-D
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Postby Music2004Man » Wed Oct 19, 2005 1:02 pm

Some of that info about him in the article is just crazy though. 247 pitches in HS! He's already had arm trouble so buyer beware. I would like to see his breaking pitch though.
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Postby pokerplaya » Wed Oct 19, 2005 1:03 pm

Only 23, he sounds like a coveted phenom that just about any team would be interested in. That said, if he indeed does win a chance to come over to the states, probably only the Yankees, Mets, BoSox and a few choice others would actually put up the necessary coin to obtain him...
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Postby StlSluggers » Wed Oct 19, 2005 1:15 pm

Amazinz wrote:Daisuke Matsuzaka

Bless you

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Postby pokerplaya » Wed Oct 19, 2005 1:20 pm

StlSluggers wrote:
Amazinz wrote:Daisuke Matsuzaka

Bless you

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:-b :-X :-P
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Postby BritSox » Wed Oct 19, 2005 1:26 pm

Japan Times wrote:It's obvious his season records are not convincing enough. He is an important player, and we need him for the next season," Seibu manager Tsutomu Ito said.


Is it just me or is this a bit of a contradiction? "We won't let him go because he's a really important player, and because he didn't pitch that well this year."

I'm not sure the Sox have the money to post for him unless they offload at least one of Manny and Damon and replace 'em cheaply, though I think I'd rather post for Matsuzaka than sign Burnett. He's talked about wanting to go to the Yanks, but he does strike me as the kind of signing the O's might make.
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Postby daullaz » Wed Oct 19, 2005 1:31 pm

StlSluggers wrote:
Amazinz wrote:Daisuke Matsuzaka

Bless you

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Wasn't Daisuke Matsuzaka one of moves from Street Fighter II?
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Postby StlSluggers » Wed Oct 19, 2005 1:40 pm

Worse, he had a legendary high-school start in which he pitched a complete game . . . and threw 249 pitches in 17 innings!

The name of his high school coach? Dusty Baker-son
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