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[11/26/2013] Rakuten Eagles: Owner Mikitani appears to be ok with Tanaka posting

by on Nov.27, 2013 @ 12:37 am, under NPB

Rakuten Eagles' owner Hiroshi Mikitani had a revealing conversation over Twitter.

In response to the following question:

三木谷さん、余計な心配ですが田中投手はメジャー行けるのでしょうか?

Mikitani-san, this may not be my concern, but will [Masahiro] Tanaka be able to go to the Majors?

He replied:

ここまで来たら、後は大リーグ次第でしょう。正直、うちの球団にとっては、痛いけど、若者がチャレンジする事はいい事だと思います。

We have come this far, it is now up to the Majors.  Honestly, this will really hurt our team, but I think it is a good thing for young people to take on new challenges.

UPDATE @ 10:56am -

Mikitani also spoke to reporters on Tuesday and said, "There is not much that can be done until the posting system agreement is finalized.  No sense in talking about hypotheticals.  I think it is good for young people to take on new challenges, but please allow me to stop there."

He also said, "With Iwakuma-kun, a lot of things happened after [he was posted] so I think it best not to say thing too lightly.  I am sure there will be a formal announcement from the team once a decision has been made.  Even if he is posted, we have our past experiences so I do not want to irresponsible with the things I say."

Source: Sports Hochi 11/27/2013