Saturday, February 12, 2011
Red Sox Sign Former Japanese Rookie Of The Year
The Red Sox are very close to agreeing on a deal with Japanese pitcher, Itsuki Shoda. Shoda won the Rookie Of the Year Award way back in 2002 with the Nippon Ham Fighters, going 9-11/3.45/90 in 23 games. However, he has never been able to replicate his success since that season until he moved to the Sinon Bulls, in Taiwan before the 2009 season. The level of play is worse in Taiwan, but he has done well there, going 11-5/2.81/116 in 32 games last year and 14-6/4.44/115 in 2009. He will be the fourth Japanese pitcher on the Red Sox, along with Daisuke Matsuzaka, Hideki Okajima, and Junichi Tazawa. I hope he does well for the Sox even though we probably will not see him a lot, if at all.