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Brian Bannister is AWOL from the Yomiuri Giants

Apr 14, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT


Weird story involving former Royals pitcher Brian Bannister. Banny left the majors after last season and signed a contract with the Yomiuri Giants of the NPB.  When the earthquake hit he, like a lot of gaijin left Japan to be with their families and get the hell out of the way of rescue and recovery efforts.  Most who did so asked permission first. Most who did so have since come back, seeing as the season has gotten underway.  Not Bannister. He just up and left and hasn’t come back.

As a result, the Giants have put him on the restricted list and his future in baseball is in doubt. He wasn’t reached for comment in the article. And though it is reported in the article that Bannister told the Giants he’d rather retire than return to Japan, the team denies that such discussions took place.

This could be a rather ignominious end to what has been a fairly interesting baseball career.

  1. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 14, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    Couldn’t he come back to MLB, or is there some rule that would prevent that? Otherwise his JAPAN bnaseball career seems in jeopardy, but I would completely rule out some MLB team taking a chance on him. After all, Carlos Silva just got a contract…

  2. wurst2first - Apr 14, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    Maybe he’s with George Clooney up at that nuclear plant, solvin’ that thing. You heard about that?

  3. nixonotis - Apr 14, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    I always liked Bannister, he seemed like an intelligent dude and was very realistic about his talents. A big sabermetrics guy if I remember correctly–Joe Posnanski had a bunch of pieces about him.

  4. kcfanatic - Apr 14, 2011 at 11:49 AM

    I wouldn’t go back either. For the next five or so years the fish will be glowing in the dark over there.

  5. Tyree Studio - Apr 14, 2011 at 12:05 PM

    Too bad for Royals fans that his effective pitching skills went AWOL last year. Although right now, I’d rather have Banny than Davies.

  6. BC - Apr 14, 2011 at 12:08 PM

    I’d get the heck out of Japan too. I obviously feel for the people, but this is scary stuff. And I have no idea how the heck they’re playing baseball over there. Like 1/4 of the country is wiped out or uninhabitable.

    • phukyouk - Apr 14, 2011 at 12:18 PM

      i read that as “unhittable”
      Baseball fail

      • Jonny 5 - Apr 14, 2011 at 12:32 PM

        Me too. Baseball on the brain must change our sense of perception. Or we’re just really dumb.

  7. kcroyal - Apr 14, 2011 at 12:38 PM

    Banny being Banny

  8. sportsdrenched - Apr 14, 2011 at 4:51 PM

    What’s the over/under he surfaces in Omaha in the near future.

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