Takashi Toritani Chooses to Stay in Japan

According to a report from Sponichi, Takashi Toritani will be able to continue his streak of 1444 consecutive played games next season with the Hanshin Tigers, a record. Toritani hired agent Scott Boras earlier this offseason to test the waters for MLB teams in need of an everyday middle infielder. Boras noted that Toritani was “kind of the Cal Ripken of Japan.” At 33, Toritani...
Via Baseball Essential
January 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Takashi Toritani To Remain In Japan

Japanese shortstop Takashi Toritani has chosen to remain with the Hanshin Tigers, according to a report by a Japanese news outlet. Toritani issued a statement via his agent Scott Boras: “I earned my international FA option and exercised it. I spent a lot of time thinking about my options and would now like to let everyone know that I decided to stay. I apologize to the fans...
Via Mets Merized Online
January 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Rumor Roundup: Blue Jays Interested in This Francisco Rodriguez Fun Fact by Daniel Rathman

Toronto has K-Rod and Japanese veteran shortstop Takashi Toritani on its radar, while Stephen Drew gets a token rumor.
Via Baseball Prospectus
December 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Shortstop Market Is Very Quiet, Especially For Mets

There’s not much going on right now as far as the Mets and the shortstop market. Not a creature is stirring, not even a mouse. The last we heard from Sandy Alderson was two weeks ago at the Mets holiday party when he said, “there is a very high probability Wilmer Flores is the Opening Day shortstop.” Stephen Drew is still hanging around and waiting for a multi-year deal to...
Via Mets Merized Online
December 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Takashi Toritani has offers from Blue Jays, Padres

Japanese shortstop Takashi Toritani is reportedly mulling offers from the Toronto Blue Jays and the San Diego Padres, according to Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star. Toritani, who hired notorious baseball agent Scott Boras to guide his transition to the big leagues, is currently mulling offers from the Jays and San Diego Padres, according to Japanese news reports. The Padres are...
Via Baseball Essential
December 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Mets Interested In Japanese SS Takashi Toritani

Mets manager Terry Collins said today that the Mets are interested in Japanese SS Takashi Toritani. Toritani, 33, has played the past 11 seasons for the Hanshin Tigers of Nippon Professional Baseball. In that time, he has hit at a .285/.372/.412 clip, and has appeared in 1,444 consecutive games, and thus being known as “The Ironman of Japan.” Toritani is now being represented...
Via Mets Merized Online
December 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Get To Know This Year’s Foreign Imports: Takashi Toritani

Earlier in the offseason, Mike detailed two potential imports from Japan in Kenta Maeda and Chihiro Kaneko. The pair started games one and two of the Japan All-Star Series. Maeda dazzled in his audition, throwing five shutout innings. Kaneko struggled a bit, allowing three runs in his five innings of work. Both pitchers are likely to be posted, and both would go towards filling the...
Via Dodgers Digest
November 15, 2014  |  Discuss
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