Firstly, I’d like to wish all our readers a Happy Christmas and New Year wherever you may be from all of us at Tsubamegun!
Next, a bit of news from December that we haven’t got round to mentioning yet is the acquisition of Minnesota Twins lefty Ricky Barrett.
The 27 year old, who pitched 50 games of triple-A ball to the tune of a 3.21 ERA in 2008, signed a one year deal with Yakult, with the team having an option on a second year.
Ricky will bring his 150kph fastball to help out Tokyo’s bullpen, and will hopefully join the Oshimoto/Igarashi/Matsuoka/Lim team of quality relievers so that we have a 5th dependable arm to rely on.
Barrett will take the No.18 jersey last worn by Shugo Fuji. Welcome to the team Ricky.