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Yomiuri signs former Phillies pitcher Mathieson

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One thing Gomiuri can't do themselves is pick good overseas players. They have to wait for Yakult to hand over (or else!) their usually very good foreign talent.

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I wouldn't get excited about this, if I were a Giants fan. Mathieson was just an extra arm hanging around between the minors and majors the past few years. I wasn't too impressed with his stuff, but he'll certainly have motivation to do well and make some money in Japan, so we shall see if he can adjust and be successful there. As billyshears says, the Giants tend to do well cherry-picking foreigners from other teams that have had success in NPB, and I can think of a few they might be interested in at the moment.

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Another typical gaijin suketto pick-up by a NPB team. Mediocre minor league player, no success in the big leagues. Sounds perfect.

And people wonder why MLB is seen as far superior? The cream of Japanese baseball goes to America, and with one or two exceptions are totally underwhelming. By contrast, minor league players and major league cast-offs can come to Japan and have great success.

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Another typical gaijin suketto pick-up by a NPB team. Mediocre minor league player, no success in the big leagues. Sounds perfect.

Yeah, and he probably won't be successful here, either.

By contrast, minor league players and major league cast-offs can come to Japan and have great success.

And many of them fail miserably - the list is way, way, way, way longer than those who have success. And players such as Colby Lewis are successful in both countries - possibly a bit more successful here, statistically, but Lewis pitches in a hitter's park in the US and a pitcher's park in Japan, so probably a bit similar when park factors are included.

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