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Trey Hillman surprised Yu Darvish didn’t post this year

by on Dec.14, 2010 @ 6:04 pm, under NPB

As briefly mentioned in a post yesterday, Trey Hillman visited the Nippon Ham Fighters on Monday.  Nikkan Sports has two articles with comments from Hillman: one on Yuki Saito and the other on Yu Darvish.

The first on Yuki Saito:

"I still remember the Koshien game [in which Saito beat] Hokkaido's KomaDai Tomakomai high school in the Finals."

In response to whether Saito could have as successful a first year as Masahiro Tanaka:

"There are a lot of unknown variables, but if the offense can provide him with runs, I think it would be possible for him to have similar success.  I think he'll meet everyone's expectations once he gets used to pitching in the pros."

On how Saito might relate to other first year MLB players like Derek Jeter and Zack Greinke:

"They all have one thing in common: they don't let the situation take control.  I'm sure [rookies like that] feel a lot of pressure, but they know how to work through that.  The players that stay composed in those situations end up succeeding."

And now on Yu Darvish:

"The media in the US made it sound as if he decided he was coming so when I heard he was going to stay, I was surprised.  But it is good news for Nippon Ham.  There's still a chance I'll be able to see him [back in the States] at some point in the future."