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The SoftBank Hawks are interested in Kenshin Kawakami

Nov 15, 2010, 12:33 PM EDT

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The Braves took Kenshin Kawakami out of their rotation last year, and last week they demoted him to Double-A. The hope was that they could find someone — possibly an NPB team — to take him and pick up some of his $6.67 million salary for 2011.  They may have a sucker — er, I mean a taker — for Kawakami: The SoftBank Hawks of the Pacific League.

I’m not terribly knowledgeable about Japanese baseball, but I do remember that the Hawks were the team — managed by the great Sadaharu Oh — who went out of their way to keep American Tuffy Rhodes and Venezuelan Alex Cabrera from breaking Oh’s single-season home run record by refusing to throw them strikes down the stretch.

While Oh is no longer the Hawks’ manager, if the team ever finds a need to not throw strikes again for some reason, Kawakami should come in handy.

  1. Rosenthals Speling Instrukter - Nov 15, 2010 at 1:14 PM

    The Hawks did win the Pacific league title last year. They aren’t too far off winning another Japan Series. Kawakmimi could get them over the top. Or destroy their payroll.

  2. Rosenthals Speling Instrukter - Nov 15, 2010 at 1:15 PM

    Also there is a rumor that when Rhodes would go up to bat Kenji Johjima used to say: “Don’t even waste your %$# time.” as Rhodes would take four balls.

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