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BayStars Add Walrond
The Yokohama BayStars have added pitcher Les Walrond [Baseball-Reference].

Walrond has a career 1-4 record with a 7.07 ERA in 23 games. He has a minor league career record of 71-63 with a 4.05 ERA in 271 games.

Source: Japan Ball
Re: BayStars Add Walrond
[ Author: Guest: puddin head | Posted: Dec 12, 2008 2:47 AM ]

I saw Walrond pitch a couple of times in AAA for the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs in Pennsylvania. He looked terrific and had a stretch of 21 straight scoreless innings there. I hope it translates to success in Japan. I enjoy following the careers of guys I've seen in the minors.
Re: BayStars Add Johnson
[ Author: rockeastwood | Posted: Dec 20, 2008 7:59 AM | YBS Fan ]

Didn't see a thread for this yet, but the BayStars picked up Dan Johnson from Tampa. I find this to be a excellent move for Yokohama, and exactly the sort of player I had hoped for!

I really believe Dan can turn his career around in Japan and break out for a monster season. At least the possibility is there.

Going to be interesting.
Re: BayStars Add Johnson
[ Author: number9 | Posted: Dec 21, 2008 10:27 PM ]

As long as he can adapt to Japan and breaking pitch heavy NPB pitching, he should be launching homer after homer in the tiny Yokohama park (a la Murata).
Re: BayStars Add Johnson
[ Author: Guest: Xbalanque | Posted: Dec 24, 2008 12:19 PM ]

Dan Johnson is an ideal player to go to Japan. He has substantial major league experience and led the AAA International League with a .980 OPS in 2008. He was a major league caliber hitter in 2008, and he's only 29 in 2009. He's a patient hitter who should be able to adapt to the Japanese strike zone. He should really help Yokahama and hit a lot of home runs.

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