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So that mystery report from a blog I’ve never heard of, citing a
source I’ve never heard of, turned out to be bunk. I, for one, am
absolutely shocked.

Cubs officials denied a report that the team was close to
signing Japanese left-hander Ken Takahashi.
Japan-based Sports Hochi reported the possible signing on Sunday
night. If the team did find another lefty, the Cubs could slide Sean
Marshall into the rotation. As of now, Marshall and Neal Cotts are the
only left-handers in the bullpen. Cubs.com.

Maybe the Cubs will pursue another lefty for the pen – especially if
Marshall ends up in the rotation – and maybe they will look at a
Japanese lefty or two. But if they do, and the guy is 40 years old,
you can bet it’s not going to be more than a Spring Training invite.

Which is precisely what I said before. Me – 1. Cublogoverse – 637. But
I used to have 0.

  • http://www.examiner.com/x-739-AsianAmerican-Sports-Examiner Michael Street

    Actually, NPBTracker.com (which reported the rumor) is a really good source of information about Japanese players. Ought to check it out for real sometime, instead of slagging it.

    I’ve got no association with the website, but I know their stuff is typically good.

    And, really, just because the Cubs organization denied it doesn’t mean it’s not true.

    And BTW the “source you’ve never heard of” is Sports Hochi, a Japanese daily sports paper with a circulation of about a million (according to Wikipedia, anyway). There, too, it’s better to figure out what the heck a source is before mindlessly slagging it.

    http://www.examiner.com/x-739-AsianAmerican-Sports-Examiner

  • Ace

    I don’t know what “slagging” means, but I’ll assume it’s a compliment. Thanks!

    But seriously… yeah, I suck. I was just being a bit over the top for effect. Both sources look top notch.

    Though, I should say… I was still right.

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