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Nippon Ham Fighters sign Buddy Carlyle

by on Nov.17, 2009 @ 4:05 pm, under NPB

The Nippon Ham Fighters announced that they have signed 31-year-old pitcher Buddy Carlyle.

Carlyle was a member of the Hanshin Tigers between 2001 and 2002 and has spent the last 7 years bouncing around between the Kansas City Royals, New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Atlanta Braves (including a stint with the LG Twins of the KBO in 2006).  He spent most of his 2009 season in the minor leagues.

The following statement was provided by Carlyle:

"I'm honored for a chance to play with the Nippon Ham Fighters.  The Fighters had a great year by winning the Pacific League title, but I also hear they lost out on their bid at the Nippon Series.  In order to help the team win a Nippon Series next season, I will immediately start my training.  I'm really looking forward to meeting my new teammates and the fans in Hokkaido."

Carlyle went 7-12 during his 2 year stay with the Tigers and finished with a 4.19 ERA (167.2 IP, 78 ER, 1.41 WHIP).  He also struck out 124 while walking 69.

Baseball Cube

2009 Season

Lg Org Lvl W L ERA G GS CG SH GF SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WP WHIP
SAL ATL A 0 0 0.00 1 1 0 0 0 0 2.0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.50
IL ATL AAA 3 1 1.76 12 1 0 0 1 0 15.1 13 3 3 0 1 23 0 0.91
NL ATL MLB 0 1 8.86 16 0 0 0 7 0 21.1 35 23 21 5 12 12 2 2.20

=== UPDATED 11/18/2009 @ 12:00pm JST

Carlyle signed a 1-year deal worth 54M yen.  He was assigned the number 12.

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