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[11/15/2013] Hanshin Tigers: Sanspo interviews Randy Messenger

by on Nov.15, 2013 @ 2:47 am, under NPB

Sanspo posted an interview it recently conducted with Randy Messenger.

Is it ok to say that you have agreed to return next year?  We also confirmed things with your agent.

That's right.  I re-signed with Hanshin.  I'm just really happy about that.  I get excited just thinking about pitching in front of all those fans again.  Hanshin fans are special.  I want to see the fans get excited again as I shutdown the Giants' offense.

How did you family take it?

My wife and kids were happy.  They have gotten used to life in Japan.  They all love Japan now.  It is an easy place to live and safe.  Hanshin has also been good about making sure things are good.

In terms of negotiations, we thought you were planning to wait until the 15th for more MLB offers.

That's right.  That was the plan.  But then Hanshin came to us with a great offer.  It was no longer a question of where.  My terms were to play for a team that wanted me and the terms they presented told me they wanted me back.

You could not say no?

Yeah.  I have always thought about returning to the Majors.  Honestly, I felt this could be my last chance for that.  So when I got back home, I had a hard time thinking about the decision.  Hanshin has been good to me and I am very happy that I can return under these circumstances.

What are something things Hanshin did for you?

Well, they gave me a chance.  At first, it was in relief.  At the time, I threw as hard as I could and tried to get everyone out with power.  But that did not work.  They dropped me to minors.  That is when they taught me pitching like that was not going to work.  I had to think more about control and think about the hitters.  A lot of people helped me out back then, gave me advice.  Then when I asked for one more chance, they gave it to me.  That was a turning point in my career.

Is the contract three years?

It is two years with an option for a third.

So it could go three years?

Yeah.  Then, after that, I want another three-year deal.  So another six years.  Right now, I'm thinking I'll work hard for six years and it would be nice if I can end my career with Hanshin.

Do you feel relieved?

Yeah, I feel great.  I am really happy.  This means I can return to Japan next year.

Source: Sanspo 11/15/2013

Messenger likely signed a two-year deal worth an estimated 600 million yen with a club option for a third year.

Source: Sanspo 11/15/2013