Jmodene1 wrote: I think what Ballfive might be referring to is not the level of competition in the Japanese leagues, but the level of work involved - over there, being a ballplayer is a much tougher way to make a living.
Yes, and some former MLB players can't handle the change. Example: Brad Penney. But there are many high caliber Japanese players in Japan and some have come over here to play and are making millions of dollars in our MLB.
I admire the Foreign guys who go over there to make a better living for their families- it's better than being stuck in the minor leagues here or not playing at all. If they can make more money in Japan and continue doing the job they love then more power to them! It is still professional baseball no matter how you look at it.
Penny was examined by 2 different doctors and no significant injury was found. He admitted he couldn't adjust to the softer mounds in Japan and refused to take part in team practices and meetings. The Hawks let him work out on his own and then granted him his release after he requested to be let go.
Brad Penny is not hurt as I mentioned before-he just signed a minor league deal with the SF Giants. Their plan is to use him as a reliever because Wilson is out for the season. They think is ready and have found his shoulder to be just fine.
AustinCardinal wrote: I just noticed that Ottavino got called up for a couple of games early this month. He threw in two games for 2 and two thirds innings of perfection with 4 strikeouts.
Ottavino has been recalled by the Rockies today.
He has 25 K's in 19.2 innings pitching in relief in the PCL for Colorado Springs. 22 hits is pretty high and his 7 walks are OK. Of course, his home games are at elevation so the hits are probably not out of line.
I hope he has an outstanding career.
"The doctors x-rayed my head and found nothing." Dizzy Dean, 1934