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Rakuten Eagles: March 8, 2012

by on Mar.08, 2012 @ 11:34 pm, under NPB

Head coach Koichi Tabuchi told reporters today that how Luis Terrero does offensively could go a long way towards determining how far the team goes and that the coaches were counting on all their new acquisitions to chip in.


The Eagles announced today that they will continue their Gambaro Tohoku project this year.  That includes inviting victims of the Tohoku Earthquake to games, visiting schools during the season, and rounding up donations.

5 comments on “Rakuten Eagles: March 8, 2012

  1. Kyle

    How does everyone feel about the jump from the AAA (generously) Mexican League? Hard to gauge. I’m personally disturbed that this much emphasis is being place on Terrero. I bet Fernandez has a better year.

    1. Gen Post author

      I would not read too much into the statement, especially since he also does mention wanting other new players to chip in as well. I also would not be particularly surprised if the quote was taken out of context.

      Another thing to consider: the Eagles have not been very successful with position players over the last couple years and I’m sure they’re just hoping Terrero doesn’t end up in that same group.

  2. muratafan

    As an Eagles fan, the suketto experience in Tohoku has been pretty awful. Rick Short was pretty darn good, but Randy Ruiz, Todd Linden, Luis Gomez were not very good, to put it mildly. Darrell Rasner was not very effective as a starter, but was really, surprisingly good at being a closer last year.

    Fernandez actually was productive the last time he was an Eagle, this time out, he’s a bit long in the tooth, but he can’t be any worse than Yamasaki was last year at DH.

  3. Kyle

    That makes sense. Though, I think Fernandez will be totally unspectacular, but steady. I’m guessing 260, 15, 75. That would be an improvement over Yamasaki. Rasner wasn’t too bad as a starter (I know limited sample group) before getting hurt. Overall though, I’m mildly surprised he’s remained with the team this long.

  4. Kyle

    Oh, and I remember being optimistic about having Linden back, and Andy Phillips coming aboard after a fairly decent campaign in Hiroshima. Both total busts. I’m especially surprised about Phillips, Linden had giant holes in his swing that were pretty apparent to anyone paying attention. And, I still have my Seguinol jersey!

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