Here's an fantastic photo of Kenta Maeda in his Dodgers Blues at Dodger Stadium, via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2016. Go here to check out more photos taken by Jon from yesterday press conference. Via Jon Weisman at Dodger Insider:
“Obviously, we spent a lot of time evaluating and scouting Kenta over his very successful career in Japan,” Dodger president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said. “We feel like the pitch mix will play here — obviously the fastball, slider is kind of his out pitch, his changeup has really come on, very good feel for a curveball. The ability to show so many different pitches and command them, coupled with the kind of athlete he is — he’s a tremendous athlete, fields his position well, holds runners well, can hit — obviously helps in the National League.”Below are more links to check out:
- Via an AP report on ESPN, "Dodgers assured of Kenta Maeda's health; rotation 'pretty well set'"
Maeda and the Dodgers acknowledged that his physical revealed unspecified "irregularities." Maeda has had elbow issues but said he's confident he will be able to pitch a full season in the major leagues.
"Despite the fact there were some irregularities found, the Dodgers made a decision to make a long-term commitment to me and that was meaningful to me," Maeda said through a translator.
- Eric Stephen at True Blue LA has all the details regarding Maeda's incentive laden contract, here.
- Listen to Tommy Lasorda speak about Mike Piazza with David Vassegh on Dodger Talk, here.
- Mike Piazza goes on the Dan Patrick show to talk about the Hall and his time in LA, here.
“Well, I think it’s important to say I have absolutely no animosity or negative feelings towards the Dodgers. That will always be a huge part of my past as far as coming up, they gave me the opportunity. Coming up and going to Spring Training and seeing Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale, Roy Campanella, Johhny Rosoboro and Maury Wills, that was not only inspiring but the instruction that I got was huge. We had a falling out and parted ways, and I think both of us were definitely at fault.”
- I'm sure this is something a lot of folks are wondering about. Via an ESPN report, "Ken Griffey Jr., Mike Piazza make Hall hat choices."
Ken Griffey Jr. will go into the Hall of Fame with a Seattle Mariners cap, and Mike Piazza will have a New York Mets hat.
- Via Steve Adams at MLB Trade Rumors, "White Sox Claim Daniel Fields From Dodgers."
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