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Chunichi Dragons: Masahiro Yamamoto could get the opening day start

by on Jan.09, 2012 @ 11:43 am, under NPB

Morimichi Takagi appeared on a TV program on Sunday and said he might consider naming Masahiro Yamamoto (46) as the opening day starter (dependent on his condition during spring camp).  Takagi has already informed Yamamoto of the possibility.

He also said that he could put Hirokazu Ibata back at short if Masahiro Araki is ok with returning to second (no need to force them into sticking with the position change); and he plans to have every player on the roster workout together on the first day of spring camp so that he can see what is available.

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Opening Day Starters in their 40's (via Sponichi)

1949, Hanshin, Tadashi Wakabayashi, 41 years and 1 month

1990, Lotte, Choji Murata, 40 years and 4 months

1995, Orix, Yoshinori Sato, 40 years and 6 months

1998, Hiroshima, Yutaka Ono, 42 years and 7 months

If Yamamoto gets the opening day start, he will become the oldest pitcher, at 46 years and 7 months, to get an opening day start.  If he gets the win, he will become just the second player in their 40s to record an opening day victory (the other is Murata).

4 comments on “Chunichi Dragons: Masahiro Yamamoto could get the opening day start

  1. EJH

    Normally, when an old guy gets an opening day start it means the team’s pitching sucks. Since Chunichi’s pitching is pretty good, it must mean in this case that the manager sucks. Chunichi fans are sure going to miss Ochiai in 2012 as their team settles into 4th place.

  2. Arthur

    That’s pretty amazing… I bet Yoshimi’s really looking forward to this season under the new management…

  3. Alex

    I’m happy for Ochiai; he’s gonna get the last laugh when Chunichi fails.

    Seriously though, Yamamoto? Baffling, considering Yoshimi’s great season in 2011. You bet Chen’s happy he missed this mess?

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