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Padres Release Iguchi
The San Diego Padres have released second baseman Tadahito Iguchi [Baseball -Reference] to make room for prospect Matt Antonelli.

Iguchi has struggled with injuries all year, batting just .231/.292/.304 with 2 HRs and 24 RBI in 81 games and 303 ABs. The subpar 2008 season probably will hurt Iguchi's free agent popularity, though I'd like to see what he could do for a team like the Rockies; despite that I think they're happy with Jeff Baker.

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Re: Padres Release Iguchi
[ Author: Guest: puddin head | Posted: Sep 3, 2008 1:28 AM ]

As a Phillies fan, I was really happy with Iguchi's contributions to our division title run last year and would love it if the Phils picked him up in a reserve role this year. There is something about a guy having "an educated bat." Those guys are dangerous in a big spot, no matter what their current year's batting average may be.
Re: Padres Release Iguchi
[ Author: Guest | Posted: Sep 4, 2008 12:52 PM ]

I'm sorry but he strikes out way too much. Without sounding too harsh, you can add him to the list of NPB players who can't cut it in the Majors.
Re: Padres Release Iguchi
[ Author: westbaystars | Posted: Sep 4, 2008 9:25 PM | YBS Fan ]

Please don't feed the trolls.

Broks-san, I know you want to explain in detail why he's wrong. You already did elsewhere. He's not listening.

Move on.
Re: Padres Release Iguchi
[ Author: NipponHam11 | Posted: Sep 5, 2008 8:04 AM | SFT Fan ]

Maybe he returns to where it all started with the Hawks? Then again, there's a 99.99% chance of that not happening. Honda and Kawasaki are our middle-infielders.
Re: Padres Release Iguchi
[ Author: Jbroks86 | Posted: Sep 6, 2008 6:03 AM | SFT Fan ]

Well, Iguchi will be returning to the Phillies for September. He won't be eligible for the post season though.

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Re: Padres Release Iguchi
[ Author: No.1BayFan | Posted: Sep 5, 2008 5:29 PM | YOK Fan ]

Can't cut it in the majors? Last time I checked he was an integral part of the White Sox 2005 World Championship team. He proved he can cut it in the majors, so he doesn't need to prove anything to anyone.
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