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The Angels thought highly of Hideki Matsui's World Series performance . . .

Dec 14, 2009, 2:31 PM EDT

 . . . and would like to have a player like Hideki Matsui on their roster:

The Los Angeles Angels are in serious discussions with Hideki Matsui about supplanting Vladimir Guerrero as their designated hitter, a source familiar with the team’s thinking told ESPN.com.

I can only hope that those “serious discussions” are taking place in a fortified compound, capable of withstanding the onslaught that is the Japanese media.  Wait, “onslaught” is not the right word, because it implies violence or something. Those guys are impossibly polite.  Anyone with a good one-word description for a phenomenon that is omnipresent and unrelenting, yet technically benign, please put it in the comments.

UPDATE: Buster tweets that the deal would be $6.5 million for one year.  My initial reaction: Great deal for the Angels.

  1. palehose67 - Dec 14, 2009 at 2:40 PM

    Indefatigable Decorum?

  2. James - Dec 14, 2009 at 2:42 PM

    One word? Can’t do it.
    How about… the Japanese media will descend upon Anaheim like the changing of seasons. The fall leafs are nice to look at, but not a lot of fun if you have to rake them up every day.
    That’s all I have right now.

  3. peter w - Dec 14, 2009 at 2:43 PM

    how about deluge

  4. michael standish - Dec 14, 2009 at 2:48 PM

    I’m not dead certain about the “omnipresent” part, but for “unrelenting” and “benign” (by which I mean “benign, technically speaking,” or, more accurately, “seemingly benign”), try this:
    “Californian.”
    or have you ever tried to work there?

  5. John_Michael - Dec 14, 2009 at 2:54 PM

    Is “Livan Hernandez” a valid answer?

  6. MA in PA - Dec 14, 2009 at 2:56 PM

    At $6.5M, I’d like to see the Yankees keep him.

  7. andrew - Dec 14, 2009 at 3:03 PM

    What did you think of
    Hideki Matsui San
    in the World Series?
    Thought highly of him.
    Would like a player like him
    for six point five mil.
    We are very pleased.
    Thank you Anaheim Angels
    of Los Angeles.

  8. The Rabbit - Dec 14, 2009 at 3:57 PM

    Without opting for something obscure, I would propose “hover”.

  9. Dr Rune - Dec 14, 2009 at 4:28 PM

    Can’t go wrong with ‘ubiquitous’.

  10. Dave Watts - Dec 14, 2009 at 5:41 PM

    Kaizen

  11. DavidKnows - Dec 14, 2009 at 6:24 PM

    As a Yankee fan I don’t understand their reluctance to sign him. He was arguably the best DH in baseball last season, hitting both right and left-handers with power, he was great in the clutch and the ancillary rights from Japan pretty much pay his salary. I don’t understand it. Why dig a hole when it is already filled?

  12. Thepeartman - Dec 14, 2009 at 6:57 PM

    Ubiquitous is good but how about inexorable?

  13. Silver King - Dec 15, 2009 at 9:45 AM

    motherly / mothering

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