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Hiroyuki Kobayashi files paperwork for international FA

by on Nov.11, 2010 @ 5:03 pm, under NPB

7:59pm JST

A slightly longer list of comments from Kobayashi (via Sanspo):

When did you make the decision?

After we became champions.  I decided after the Nippon Series.

Are you feeling confident?

I'm exercising the option because I'm feeling confident and because I feel strongly about giving this a try.

What do you consider you strength?

My fastball isn't that fast.  If I can change speed and use my control, if I can get it all out there, I think that will be good.

Are you really excited?

50/50.  I really like Lotte and I like my teammates here.  I played here a really long time.

Is there a club you'd like to play for?


What kind of role would you like?

I want to put up results wherever I'm used.  In my mind, I'll pitch in whatever capacity they want me to.

Anything for your fans?

Players and fans provided me with a lot of support over these 14 years.  I'm very grateful for that.

6:26pm JST

The Marines also held a press conference for Kobayashi at Chiba Marine Stadium today.

On playing in the Majors:

"I have a dream.  And I'd like to give it a shot.  I'm really grateful to the Marines for the 14 years they took care of me."

And regarding the possibility of staying in Japan:

"I can't say it's 0%.  I think it would be nice to hear what all the clubs might have to offer."

5:03pm JST

Hiroyuki Kobayashi filed the necessary paperwork for international FA today.