Some recent news tidbits about two former Tokyo players:
Shingo Takatsu (1991-2003; 2006-07)
- 43-year-old Takatsu will become player-manager of the BC League’s Niigata Albirex Baseball Club. It is the first time that a player-manager has been named in BC League history.
- The one-time Japan saves leader (until Iwase eclipsed his mark earlier this year) will continue to pitch from the bullpen and mentioned that he may retire as a player following the 2012 season.
Aaron Guiel (2007-11)
- Guiel was interviewed on this radio show yesterday about what kind of a pitcher Yu Darvish is. Darvish has been the talk of Japan and North America today after Texas submitted a record-setting bid through the posting system just to earn the right to negotiate with Darvish’s agents, Arn Tellem and Don Nomura. Guiel’s perspective is valuable here because unlike most pundits out there, he’s actually had some at-bats against the 6’5″ RHP.
- There’s also this print interview with the Toronto Sun from yesterday. In both the interview above and this one here, it sounds like the Toronto Blue Jays like their chances of winning the bidding war. The Sun loses points for not clearly identifying Guiel as a lefty at the plate.