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Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Yu Darvish signs with Texas - 6-year $60 million dollar contract - Will he succeed?

Yu Darvish. The Japanese pitching sensation. Over a five year carrer in Japan with the Nippon Ham Fighters he posted a 1.72 ERA and has a 76-28 Win-Loss record. There is no question this kid is something special and Texas must have realized that today, signing him to a 6-year $60 million dollar contract. The question is though, will Texas get there "bang for your buck?" or will Yu Darvish struggle with the change like so many other Japanese players who made there way to the MLB. Sure there are a lot of Japanese players who are doing great in the MLB such as Ichiro Suzuki, Hideki Matsu, or Daisuke Matsuzaka just to name a few. But let me asure you there is a fare amount of Japanese players who were expected to prosper in the MLB but ended up struggling. Some examples could be Satoru Komiyama who had an ERA of 5.61 in a season with the Mets or Kazuo Matsui who made 23 errors with the Mets in 2004 and has jumped around from team to team until calling it quits with his final game being May 8th 2010. So it makes you think; will Yu Darvish prevail or will he fall short of expectations like so many other Japanese super stars? Well Yu Darvish has posted a 1.72 ERA over his five-year carrer in Japan where as Satoru Komiyama posted a 3.59 ERA over his 12 year carrer in Japan. This shows that Yu Darvish has performed better in Japan so I think the question people should be asking is, Yu Darvish has put up insane ERA's that are better than these former Japanese stars who came over and did not succeed so can why is he being compared to them?

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