Found November 07, 2012 on hardballchat.com:
After pitching nearly 200 innings in his first Major League Baseball season with the Texas Rangers, Yu Darvish has decided to skip pitching for his home country of Japan in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. The event will be held from March 2 through March 19, and take place in multiple cities. “After much deliberation, which has included a lot of consultation with my coaches and trainers, I have decided that I will not play in the upcoming World Baseball Classic,” Darvish released in a statement. “This was a very difficult decision for me as it is always a tremendous honor to represent my native country of Japan. I greatly enjoyed being a part of the 2009 Championship ballclub and I will be supporting this year’s team as they look to defend their title.” Darvish won the 2009 World Baseball Classic pitching for Japan, but has now set his sights on winning a World Championship of a different kind. As in, a World Series championship with the Rangers. “My ultimate goal is to help win a World Series with the Texas Rangers and to share that accomplishment with the great baseball fans in Japan,” Darvish said. If Josh Hamilton leaves Texas without the team finding a suitable replacement, Darvish may have been better off looking to win with Japan once again. The Rangers may have more competition in the American League West than Japan would have from the rest of the world, as odd as that may appear.   The post MLB Rumors: Texas Rangers Pitcher Yu Darvish Will Skip 2013 World Baseball Classic appeared first on Hardball Chat Baseball Blog.
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