Kenta Maeda declines to pitch in World Baseball Classic

It has been officially announced today that Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda, 28 years of age, won’t be pitching for Samurai Japan this March for the upcoming World Baseball Classic… Maeda was the ace pitcher for Team Japan in the 2013 edition of the World Baseball Classic, but even though he won’t be participating in the tournament, he said that he will support his fellow countrymen from afar in reclaiming their 3rd World Baseball Classic title.

Los Angeles Dodgers manager, Dave Roberts, stated in an interview last year that he has his full support if Kenta Maeda wanted to pitch for his country, but Maeda cites injury/fatigue, that would eventually result to failure, as his main reason for not participating in the upcoming event.

Samurai Japan still has at least til before the end of January to wait on their Major league players, so far, Houston Astros outfielder, Norichika Aoki, is currently their lone MLB player in their roster… New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka stated that he wants to pitch for Samurai Japan this World Baseball Classic, but the Yankees organization also seemed reluctant to allow their ace pitcher to participate.

The Japanese right-hander Kenta Maeda finished his 2016 rookie season with the Dodgers posting a record of 16-11, and an earned run average of 3.48 in 32 games played (175.2 innings pitched) last year, as a starting pitcher.

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10 thoughts on “Kenta Maeda declines to pitch in World Baseball Classic

  1. Probably a good choice for Maeda. As a Fantasy League owner last year, my main complaints with him were fatigue-related. He seems to be a pitcher the 100-pitch limit was absolutely made for. And he definitely benefited on a couple of occasions from stretches between starts.

    I think this will be better for LA (and, by extension, my Fantasy team).

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    • I was just wondering, given my age and everything, if it’s possible to have a fantasy league harem. I’m certainly well beyond having a real one, and anyway, I doubt if my wife would brain me with a frying pan for having a fantasy one like she would for having a real one. I think she’d be hugely entertained, in fact, watching me contemplating the statistics. Would the fantasy wives get “fatigued” justy like fantasy ballplayers (or like real wives when dishes pile up in the sink or the layer of dog hair on the kitchen floor begins to compress its sediments into geological aggregates)? Would they have a cranky time of the month? For that matter, are there fantasy laws against compound bigamy?

      Just wondering.

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    • Interestingly, he seldom threw fewer than 100 pitches while with the Hiroshima Carp. Probably his average was around 120 pitches. It’s the Japanese way. But yeah, he seemed to break down and fatigue the third time through the order, didn’t he.

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      • He will fit right in with the rest of the humans that pitch in the MLB I think. However, being far superior than the ants that I step on daily gives me a myopic focus on my own personal needs.

        Personally, I was hoping that the current administration will repeal slavery so I can TOTALLY benifit by setting up my own Seal team six with a bunch of my ex Army buddies who took far too much acid and can’t quite reconcile that we are no longer 18.

        Fuck it. We storm the Keebler

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