Keiichi Yabu

Even though he’s pushing 40, I’m pulling for the recently re-signed Keiichi Yabu to somehow make the team as a long reliever. He was primarily a starter in the Central League back in Japan so he’s certainly got the experience. From a fan standpoint, I find him to be just an interesting and eccentric character with a great wisdom and love of the game- who also happened to post an ERA of 3.57 last year, no easy task these days. According to a Giants blog entry on SFGate:

Earlier this month, when he was on waivers and not allowed to practice, he went online and bought a ticket to the Giants’ Cactus League game, even though the team happily would have comped him.

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This post was written by Hank on March 31, 2009