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Yu Darvish Minor League Statistics & History –

Posted by admin on December 19, 2011

Yu Darvish Japanese League Statistics -

Get Darvish's foreign league statistics from 2007 through 2011. The 25-year-old pitcher is likely coming to the States next season.

7 Responses to “Yu Darvish Minor League Statistics & History –”

  1. Aaron Greenberg Says:

    Nice. Looking forward to getting Matsui and Ichiro's.

  2. anon Says:

    Japanese League isn't Minor League, no matter how much greater the quality of the Major League compared to the Japanese League. Unlike real Minor Leagues, has there really been enough direct interaction between the teams to qualify it?

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  4. tim Says:

    Always risky signing players from the Japanese or Cuban leagues because everything they've accomplished was against an entirely different set of opponents than what they'll face in the majors.

  5. tim Says:

    I love the name "Nippon Ham Fighters." Is ham fighting popular in Japan?

  6. jay Says:

    Ham fighting is the third most popular sport in Japan, behind baseball and sumo. The sumo wrestlers get to eat the hams after the fight.

    I agree with you, Tim. I would be wary about signing Japanese players. Very few have lived up to the hype. There have been 45 Japanese players in the majors - not including Japanese-born players with American names (I suppose they were born to soldiers stationed in Japan) - and very few of them were really good players. Ichiro has certainly succeeded, and Hideki Matsui's numbers are good, but hardly Godzilla-like. Pitchers have fared just as poorly. Kaz Sasaki was a good closer for three years; Hideo Nomo was good, but after his rookie season was barely over .500; Daisuke Matsuzaka gave the Red Sox one good season; and Takashi Saito has had some success, but usually as a set-up man. No other player has done much of anything. History does not always predict the furture, but the Rangers are taking a big risk offering so much for Yu Darvish. They have to pay Nippon Ham $57 million for Darvish's rights and a large salary to Darvish himself. This could blow up in their faces.

  7. Bryan Says:

    One question I have been thinking about...

    Considering the number of days off in between starts Darvish is used to having...I wonder why there hasn't been more of a discussion of keeping him on 6 days rest and just allowing him to pitch further into games?

    25 games at 7 innings per start - 175 innings.
    30 games at 6 innings per start - 180 innings.

    I bring it up because there doesn't seem to be any real proof that 100 pitches is the cure all for injuries, and looking at Darvish's innings over the last 5 years, he seems to give his club the same bang for the buck that many MLB pitchers gives with fewer starts.