Wednesday, January 22, 2014
BREAKING: Masahiro Tanaka Signs with Yankees
The only thing that is of concern to me is the stress that Tanaka placed on his arm over his Japanese career. He has pitched a ton of innings and thrown in excess of 150 pitches in a game many times and gone back out the following day to pitch. Scouts say that the right-handed pitcher is durable, which should play in the Yankees favor. Another thing that can help the Yankees with having Tanaka adjust is the presence of Hiroki Kuroda and Ichiro Suzuki on the team. The pair are icons in Japan and having them welcome 25 year old Tanaka into the fold will certainly make this a smooth transition into the United States for the newly aqcuired pitcher.