5/3/2010 2:31pm JST
The Hawks have uploaded video from the press conference.
5/2/2010 2:50pm JST
The Hawks held a press conference for Petagine on Sunday. He was assigned the number 16. Petagine will join the Ni-gun team for practice on Monday.
5/1/2010 2:25pm JST
Petagine is scheduled for a medical exam today and will officially sign on the dotted line Sunday, after which the team will hold its press conference. Assuming everything goes smoothly, he should be set to join the Ni-gun team on Monday.
5/1/2010 1:34am JST
Petagine and his wife arrived at Fukuoka airport on Friday. Pategine told reporters he still needed a little more time to get into playing shape but was confident he would be fine. He also said that he had taken BP and done some weight training before coming to Japan.
4/27/2010 11:48pm JST
The Hawks announced on Tuesday that Petagine will be arriving in Japan on the 30th and that they will be holding a press conference for him on 5/2 at Yahoo Dome.
4/17/2010 1:25pm JST
Seems Petagine could spend about a month at Ni-gun once he arrives in Japan. That might put his arrival at Ichi-gun sometime around May 12th (vs Chunichi Dragons). Seems Sadaharu Oh has high hopes for Petagine as well, despite not having seen him play yet, saying that "power has nothing to do with age."
4/14/2010 11:34am JST
Bum-Ho Lee had this to say (they played against each other last year: "He's a really good player. Better than me."
4/15/2010 8:51pm JST
Looks like it's a done deal. The Hawks have given him the number 16. No word on when he'll be arriving in Japan or when they'll be able to hold a press conference for him. The contract appears to be a one year deal worth 40M yen plus bonuses. And it seems the team signed him as insurance "in case they need him."
3:58 pm JST
It appears the Softbank Hawks are looking to acquire Roberto Petagine.
While Petagine did play for LG out of the KBO last year, he isn't playing for anyone right now and is working out in Venezuela. And while the Hawks have non-pitcher foreign players like Jose Ortiz and Bum-Ho Lee, it seems they feel they need some more firepower. A struggling Nobuhiko Matsunaka isn't helping matters any either.
2009 Season with LG