Phillies in the Mix for Japanese Pitcher

8 11 2008
Junichi Tazawa

Junichi Tazawa

(From Philadelphia Inquire)

A day after it was reported that the Atlanta Braves had made an offer for Japanese pitcher Junichi Tazawa, the Phillies’ general manager indicated that his club also has some interest in the 22-year-old righthander.

“We know of him,” Ruben Amaro Jr. said yesterday before departing the general managers meetings. “We’ve seen him, but we haven’t made an offer.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and reported that the Braves had made a formal offer, but that terms hadn’t been not revealed. They listed the Phillies, Red Sox, Cubs, Tigers, Marlins and Mariners as other teams with interest.

“It’s an exciting opportunity,” Braves GM Frank Wren, who saw Tazawa pitch three times in Japan in September, told the newspaper. “We think he has the potential to be a major-league starter.” Read the rest of this entry »


2008 MLB All-Suck Team

7 09 2008

by Kevin Collins

Adam Eaton is an anchor in the All-Suck Team's rotation

Adam Eaton is an anchor in the All-Suck Team's rotation

With the season winding down and some players already starting to pack it in, I’ve decided to come up with an anti-All*Star team.  This team is comprised of a player at each position, who has just absolutely sucked this year.  They may not be the worst at their position, but they should be so much better.  These players have all started more games at their position for their respective teams than any other member of their team.  Because I compiled the team this way, So Taguchi didn’t quite make the cut.  But I think I may bring him on as the bat boy.  So let’s get to the team.  I warn you, some of the stats you are about to see are pretty shocking.  It is not for the faint of heart baseball fan.

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