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Katsuya Nomura offers Masahiro Tanaka some All-Star advice

by on Jul.06, 2009 @ 10:23 pm, under NPB

Katsuya Nomura offered this bit of advice to Masahiro Tanaka:

Congratulations. Strike out everyone you face. Just pound 'em with your fastballs.

To which Tanaka replied:

Challenge hitters with fastballs? I won't do it. That'll just make me remember some bad things I'd rather keep buried. It's the results that matter. I'll be miserable if I get hit and that might affect my second-half performance. Mix pitches? I'll use all of them.

(The "bad things" Tanaka is referring to probably has something to do with his 2007 appearance when he surrendered 6 runs on 7 hits over 2 innings of work.)