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Giants’ head coach: we don’t need a pitcher like Greisinger

by on Aug.26, 2010 @ 3:49 pm, under NPB

It seems there's at least one person on the Yomiuri Giants that doesn't like Seth Greisinger.

Head coach Haruki Ihara told reporters the other day that the Giants didn't need a pitcher like Greisinger on the team.

A translation of his quote:

We don't need a pitcher like [Greisinger].  To start complaining of aches and pains at a time like this, we can't use pitchers like that.

One thing to keep in mind is that the quote may have been taken out of context.  And while I can understand the frustration, airing it out to the media like this, especially with regards to a foreign player, will probably do more harm than good.

Incidentally, the Giants signed Greisinger to a 1-year deal worth 260M yen during the winter.  The deal also includes a club-option for the 2011 season.  Unless the quote was taken out of context, my guess would be that Greisinger doesn't return next year.