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Cancel the Yu Darvish watch: he’s staying in Japan

Oct 19, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

Yu Darvish pitch

The Diamondbacks are going to have to find something else on which to spend the $80 million they had mentally set aside for Japanese ace Yu Darvish, because he has decided to stay in Japan for the 2011 season. His blog post to that effect, translated by

A lot has been mentions about the Majors.

I received a lot of comments, both on Twitter and on my blog.

I don’t know if this will match everyone’s guess.

Next season…

I will be wearing a Nippon Ham Fighters uniform.

And if you think I’m not going to adopt that exact format for every personal announcement I make for the rest of my career then you’re crazy.

In other news, check out Darvish’s personal blog — in Japanese — here. I don’t know that much about Darvish, but based on the name of the blog alone I think American baseball will be much poorer for not having him with us next season.

(link via WEEI)


  1. Jonny 5 - Oct 19, 2010 at 8:55 AM

    So, I take it Ham isn’t very popular in Japan?

  2. Ari Collins - Oct 19, 2010 at 9:42 AM

    I think the Ham Fighters are Jewish.

    The name still cracks me up now that I understand it, but to clarify: t’s the Fighters from Nippon Ham (a company), NOT the Ham Fighters from Nippon.

    • Jonny 5 - Oct 19, 2010 at 10:27 AM

      Seriously they kick the crap out of Hams before every game.

  3. Chris Fiorentino - Oct 19, 2010 at 9:51 AM

    I love the “Thought of Yu” blog name. Awesome. Also like all the good charity work he does…at least that’s the only things in English that I could read on there. Seems like a cool guy. I agree that American baseball would be better with him next season.

  4. BC - Oct 19, 2010 at 12:23 PM

    You… You….Darvish!

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