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Whitesox4ever
11-12-2005, 07:00 AM
I hope the Sox can sign this guy. I have read that he is very good friends with Iguchi and he would be a solid addition to our pitching staff..

DumpJerry
11-12-2005, 09:34 AM
Is he good? Is he a left handed setup guy? If not, who would he replace on the best pitching staff in the World?

Something tells me there are a lot of people in Japan who will tell you they are good friends with Gooch.

Whitesox4ever
11-12-2005, 10:10 AM
He is a 30 year old righthander

In his six seasons his lifetime stats are 85-33 with a 2.93 era.

Several years ago I believe he beat the Major league all-stars twice in their 8 game series

Whitesox4ever
11-12-2005, 10:15 AM
This game was in 2003
Uehara, who led the Central League with 17 wins for the Japan Series champion
Yomiuri Giants, struck out eight and limited the major league all-stars to one run on five hits in six innings.

Torii Hunter of the Minnesota Twins hit a solo homer off Uehara in the bottom of the fifth. Eric Chavez of the Oakland A's and A.J. Pierzynski and Jacque Jones of the Minnesota Twins each drove in a run with a single in the bottom of the ninth.

"I really wanted the win," Uehara said. "It felt great to strike out (Barry) Bonds and (Jason) Giambi. The only mistake I made was that slider to Hunter."

soxfanatlanta
11-12-2005, 10:36 AM
I hope the Sox can sign this guy. I have read that he is very good friends with Iguchi and he would be a solid addition to our pitching staff..

What kind of $ is this guy wanting?

bighurt2719
11-12-2005, 11:47 AM
unnecessary. NO.

Lillian
11-12-2005, 12:55 PM
What other Japanese players might be a good fit for the Sox? It would be nice to find a "buddy" for Iguchi, especially since they let Shingo go. I'm sure that he could help Kenny Williams to make a good selection. I understand that a player can't file for free agency until he has about 10 years service in Japan. Is that correct?

Lip Man 1
11-12-2005, 01:02 PM
If Tad needs a buddy I suggest an area where the Sox can use some help, try Matusi.

Lip

JimH
11-12-2005, 01:06 PM
I haven't seen anything in the media about this guy, is there some report linking him to the White Sox, or is it simply speculation because he knows Iguchi?

DumpJerry
11-12-2005, 05:09 PM
It would be nice to find a "buddy" for Iguchi
Ok, I'm not Japanese nor do I speak the language, but I do love sushi. I'd be more than willing to volunteer to be Gooch's buddy.:D:

SOXSINCE'70
11-12-2005, 05:14 PM
If Tad needs a buddy I suggest an area where the Sox can use some help, try Matusi.

Lip

Unfortunately,it looks like Brian Ca$hman and the Yamnkmees may
beat the Pale Hose to the punch.Looks like they're going to sign
"Godzilla" to a multi year deal soon,according to an AP report
I saw a few days ago in the Scum Times.

SouthSide_HitMen
11-12-2005, 05:17 PM
Another friend of Tadahito, catcher Kenji Jojima, is coming to Chicago Tuesday for a news conference, is seeking a 3 year $18 mil contract.

http://mlb.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/news/article.jsp?ymd=20051111&content_id=1267615&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb

Lillian
11-12-2005, 05:22 PM
Obviously, a good player, who would represent an upgrade at some position, is the higher priority. Finding a guy for Iguchi to hang out with, is much less important. I do like the sound fundamental approach of the few Japanese players who have come to the States. Guys like Ichiro, Matsui, and Iguchi, seem like very fundamentally sound players, with great attitudes. They also are good team players.
That seems like what Ozzie wants most. If there is someone from Japan who can steal bases, get on base, and play defense, wouldn't that be a better option than overpaying for a Major League Free agent?

Black Jack
11-12-2005, 07:39 PM
Kenji Jojima might make a perfect first baseman if Konerko signs elsewhere. He is supposedly good friends with Iguchi and they played together in Japan for quite a while. If Jojima is capable and willing to move to first he would cost less than half as much as Konerko and would probably be almost comparable offensively. Jojima could play backup to Pierzynski when he needs rest and slowly and during those times Gload could play first.

Lillian
11-13-2005, 10:50 AM
Kenji Jojima might make a perfect first baseman if Konerko signs elsewhere. He is supposedly good friends with Iguchi and they played together in Japan for quite a while. If Jojima is capable and willing to move to first he would cost less than half as much as Konerko and would probably be almost comparable offensively. Jojima could play backup to Pierzynski when he needs rest and slowly and during those times Gload could play first.

I was thinking the same thing, as it would be very difficult for him to catch in the Majors. The lack of knowledge of players, and the language barrier would be very big obstacles to overcome. However, first base sounds feasible.
The article stated that he played in 116 games last year. Was he injured? His numbers project to production comparable to his previous two years, which were very impressive. I wonder how well he runs.

johnny_mostil
11-13-2005, 11:31 AM
Kenji Jojima might make a perfect first baseman if Konerko signs elsewhere. He is supposedly good friends with Iguchi and they played together in Japan for quite a while. If Jojima is capable and willing to move to first he would cost less than half as much as Konerko and would probably be almost comparable offensively. Jojima could play backup to Pierzynski when he needs rest and slowly and during those times Gload could play first.

Do we really know how to translate Japanese performance here yet?

Lillian
11-13-2005, 11:49 AM
I'm sorry that I didn't read the article more carefully. It states that Koji missed part of last season with a broken shin bone.
There had been a lot of speculation regarding the Mariners' interest in signing him. Does anyone know what the latest rumor mill has to say about other teams being interested?

BeviBall!
11-13-2005, 06:53 PM
This guy can't speak a bit of English... who would sigh a catcher that can't speak English or Spanish? AJ proved how important it is to have a man behind the dish that can call a game and talk pitchers off the ledge. No thanks.

CHEESESOXER
11-13-2005, 08:01 PM
If Tad needs a buddy I suggest an area where the Sox can use some help, try Matusi.

Lip

I don't think Tad's into porn.:cool: