Re: Golden Eagles to post Tanaka
posted at 12/26/2013 8:06 AM EST
In response to EnchiladaT's comment:
In response to mef429's comment:
In response to soxnewmex's comment:
What are you talking about mef? Strange. You're not quoting me there, and I'm offended by your remark suggesting racism. Simply talking about a highly-touted Japanese pitcher who requires a mega-million posting fee and who has never pitched a game in MLB. The situation is a unique financial gamble. Darvish succeeded big time, Dice-K, while he had a nice season or two, was mostly a failure.
just the very first part of my post was directed @ you. i didn't mean to imply you were being racist but that whenever threads about foreign talent pop up people always cite dice-k as a reason not to go after premium talent. i apologize for the mix-up SNM.
Pitchers who struggled from Japan can be cited as an example to Tanaka possibly struggling here (the adjustment from competitive Japan to MLB, it isn't adjusting from France baseball to MLB is it?)
A Japanese pitcher making the jump, and the huge posting fee's, make it impossible not to bring in Dice or Darvish or Nomo into the conversation as basis of discussion for risk/reward of bidding/signing on a Japanese pitcher. Racist? lol.
You should never have used the word 'racism" at all.
How you arrived so quickly at racism is beyond me.
If it's racist to cite Dice-K to warn of the possible downsides of signing a guy like Tanaka, it must also be racist to invoke Darvish to make the opposite point (which is done frequently). The point, of course, is not that all Japanese players are going to turn out the same, but rather that there are huge risks involved in throwing so much money after a guy who's never thrown a pitch in MLB.