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    Semi-interesting news, as some had speculated it looks like the Pirates apparently did acquire Iwamura with the intent being to make the team a bit more appealing to Japanese players. Huntington has now publicly expressed interest in 30 year old Japanese reliever Ryoto Igarashi.

    Here's the piece that quotes Huntington:
    http://www.npbtracker.com/2009/11/in...-for-igarashi/

    Pirates GM Neil Huntington: “In acquiring(Akinori) Iwamura, we opened the door to getting Japanese players. We gave up a middle reliever to get Iwamura, so he [Igarashi] is a player we have interest in.”

    The Giants are another team mentioned as having interest. Here's another article from NPB tracker on him:
    http://www.npbtracker.com/2009/05/pl...rashi/#content

    They call him maybe the top Japanese free agent looking to come to America. He holds the record for fastest pitch in an NPB game at 98.75 MPH and highest average FB velocity at 96.6 MPH. Has put up great strikeout numbers in Japan, but has struggled with command. Sounds like the prototypical Huntington reliever.

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    Strikes out the side: [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvwEoV0YVjE&NR=1[/ame]
    Mechanics: [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YXzDrxHk6s&feature=related[/ame]

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    Isn't Hideki Matsui "Japanese?"

    Naw, he probably wouldn't like Pittsburgh. No good restaurants!

    Of course, if they can make a Pramante Brothers sandwich with.........!

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    The Asian market is one the Pirates need to be able/willing to tap into. We're just positioning ourselves for Darvish...

    About Matsui...he can't play the field at all any more...if we had a DH position...........
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    He's put up some decent numbers. Going to be 31 in 2010. Hopefully if landed he's not another Kuwata

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    He's put up some decent numbers. Going to be 31 in 2010. Hopefully if landed he's not another Kuwata
    Aren't a majority of the Asian players who come to the states up in age? They have already spent the majority of their careers in that market.

    If he can give another 4 years woohoo.

    I just would hope he's not as expensive as other players of similar age who are known commodities here in the states.
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