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Senichi Hoshino’s thoughts on Iwakuma posting

by on Nov.07, 2010 @ 3:57 pm, under NPB

Senichi Hoshino's comment regarding Hisashi Iwakuma's posting (via Daily Sports):

This was something that was decided early on, right?  You can't try to stop something like that.  If the company (front office) says it's ok, then it's his challenge.

Asked about whether or not the team will be ok losing Iwakuma:

We'll be able to fill his shoes.  We'll be ok.  The youngsters will step up. ... We'll be able to fill his shoes, but I don't know about wins.  It's tough attaining double-digit wins nowadays.

Interestingly, Sanspo has a slightly different quote:

It's a challenge individual players are taking on and that's not something anyone should stop.  If the company says it's ok then that is what's going to happen. ... [Hopefully] the youngsters will see this as an opportunity to step up.  If you're a pitcher, it's all about your performance on the mound.