Sanspo and Sports Hochi have posted portions of Blaine Boyer's press conference interview.
I am very excited. I am happy to get this opportunity. I can not wait to put myself out there.
What are your strengths?
My velocity. I can also get strikes with my curve. I can also mix in a splitter (fork).
What is your impression of Hanshin?
They are team with tradition. They also seem like a team that has a thirst for winning. They kind of remind me of the Yankees and Red Sox in how the entire city of Osaka is rooting for them.
What is your impression of baseball in Japan?
The players spend a lot of time working on the basics and they prepare by practicing a lot. Many of the players do not make mistakes. In the US, there are a lot of players with potential, but some do not practice enough and fail.
Do you know any Japanese players?
There are many I have faced. I remember facing Ichiro during my first year in the Majors. I also played for Atlanta when Kenshin Kawakami was there.
Do you know any Japanese?
Hai, konnichiwa. I would like to improve a bit more.
Do you like Japanese food?
I really liked eating sushi when I was in the US. But it was American sushi, like the Philadelphia roll and the spicy tune roll, stuff like that. I would like to try eating real Japanese sushi. I am also looking forward to the steak.
Do you have any concerns?
Other than being far away from the US, nothing. I think Japanese people are very nice.
When did you hit ninety-nine mph?
I hit ninety-nine mph a few times about two years ago. I have hit ninety-eight mph a couple of times this season. I think my average is somewhere between ninety-four and ninety-seven.
You were teammates with Andruw Jones when you played for the Brave. He now players for Rakuten. He is scheduled to play in the Hanshin game on the 28th. Any news on him?
If there is anything I can pass on to [Hanshin], I would be more than happy to.
Source: Sanspo 5/28/2013
Now Sports Hochi:
Are there any foreign players in the NPB that you know?
I am close to [Jason] Standridge. He told me that everything about Japan was great. He has been supportive and he helped me with my decision to sign with Hanshin.
I know [Matt] Murton from when we faced each other while playing little league when we were around eight. Back then I was a center fielder -- I did not start pitching until I was eighteen.
GM [Katsuhiro] Nakamura has high expectations for you and has said that you were needed to move past Yomiuri.
I want to go out there with the mindset that I will not lose.
Source: Sports Hochi 5/28/2013