Masahiro Tanaka press conference scheduled for Tuesday


Right-hander Masahiro Tanaka will be introduced at a 1pm ET press conference at Yankee Stadium next Tuesday, the Yankees announced. It will be broadcast live on YES. Tanaka recently secured his visa (thanks to Senator Schumer) and the team wanted to hold a press conference in New York before everyone went down to Tampa for the start of Spring Training late next week.

In other news, Joel Sherman reports that Tanaka’s contract stipulates that he can not be sent to the minors without his permission. It’s not really a big deal but obviously we should all hope the Yankees don’t even have to think about sending Tanaka to the minors at some point. They’ve basically given him all the rights of a player with 6+ years of service time, which is the norm these days. Japanese veterans are treated as Major League veterans as a courtesy even though they are technically rookies.

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  1. The Great Gonzo says:

    The best part of the presser will be the pictures of all the Japanese Media, bunched together like sardines.

    Say what you want, the respect these guys get from Japanese media and fans is legit. Zero shits are given when an American athlete leaves our dirt to do anything, save for Olympics.

    • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead says:

      That’s not completely fair. There is no equivalent baseball/football/hockey/basketball league outside of the US. this is the pinnacle for those sports; the dream if you will. So it’s very different for a massively successful Japanese player to go to the next level, rather than guy like Wladamir Balentein to flunk out of the MLB and go to Japan.

      The few exceptions are golf, tennis and soccer. And for the small following it has, people get pretty excited when good Americans find success in the EPL, for instance. People still get excited when Serena Williams kicks ass at tennis, and people would get more excited about the men’s side if our players didn’t suck.

      Obviously we can’t compete with the Japenese media fervor, but it’s not quite zero shits.

      • TWTR says:

        True. Basically if a US athlete is playing in another country, it’s almost always because he isn’t good enough to play here for comparable money, so there is no reason for a lot of publicity.

    • Dalek Jeter says:


      …I mean…

      • Havok9120 says:

        I wonder what the people who insist that you, Jim, and The Great Gonzo are all just alternative handles for Jorge Fish Fingers Steinbrenner-Tilapia make of threads like this.

        Do they just assume it’s the most elaborate ruse ever concocted on RAB, complete with different IP addresses and such? Or do they just think he’s a schizophrenic?

        • Jorge Steinbrenner says:

          It’s only me and jjyank and there’s boysex involved.

        • Dalek Jeter says:

          Wait, is that really a running theory?

          • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead says:

            Yeah I thought we were just his lapdogs.

            • Jorge Steinbrenner says:

              That’s a scary thought.

              I love the “mother’s basement” thing. It doesn’t dawn on people that, in a smartphone age, someone could be commenting from everywhere ranging from a business meeting to the toilet. Both have happened…..in the past twelve hours.

              • The Great Gonzo says:

                The ‘mother’s basement’ thing, I believe, is meant to imply that you are a prepubescent nerd sitting in mom’s basement with no clue on the world and that you live for little more than to troll on the Internet… and all of this because you don’t have a dying need to see Stephen Drew in Pinstripes.

                If you do have a burning in your loins to see Stephen Drew in pinstripes, then it would appear you’re a well rounded Internet Citizen… or some shit like that.

                • Jorge Steinbrenner says:

                  And it happens because the folks claiming in can’t see a worldview in which someone commenting on a forum frequently is actually doing other rather important things at the time. They’re the ones more likely to mentally occupy a mother’s basement of one’s own. God, I like the sound of that last phrase. Someone should use that as a screenname.

                  In reality, Jim is not the only one bored at work. :)

        • Macho Man "Randy Levine" says:

          Isn’t Pat D involved too? I mean, he was always with those two and he’s completely disappeared, so he must really be one of those guys.

          • Jorge Steinbrenner says:


            • Farewell Mo says:

              It would make a great case study in Psychiatric journals if Jorge, jjyanks, Pat D, Gonzo, Peckerhead Jim and Dalek were all multiple personalities of the same person like in “United States of Tara”

              • Jorge Steinbrenner says:

                …and if that host person’s name waaaaaaaas…….Farewell Mo.

                You can be assured that some of the regular commenters here have had contact outside of here and, in some cases, may have even met in person. We are undeniably NOT the same person.

                • Farewell Mo says:

                  It would take WAAAAYYYY too much effort to pull something like that off and said person would pretty much have to be on RAB day and night since you guys comment all different hours throughout the day.

                  It would be funny if you guys were all TSJC.

                  • Jorge Steinbrenner says:

                    He was way funnier than any of us. I’d sit there at my last job just laughing my butt off at the RAB comment section. I didn’t need to say anything myself.

                    I don’t know how someone had much sort of quick access to random gifs and jpgs for every occassion.

                  • Havok9120 says:

                    I’d be pretty pumped if that were the case.


                  • I'm a looser and a trader baby so why don't you kill me? says:

                    I miss TSJC.

                    • VR Rod says:

                      Frequent reader, but rarely comments. Just came to say, we really need a TSJC open thread. I miss that dude.

        • The Great Gonzo says:

          Its the long con.

  2. MB923 says:

    Any of you see what Cashman said?

    “GM Brian Cashman on Masahiro Tanaka: “We view him to be a really, solid consistent No. 3 starter”

    $155 million (well actually $175 million) for a #3 starter? Why give him all that $ if that’s what they view him as.

    • TWTR says:

      Tanaka will join a starting rotation that projects to also include Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda and Ivan Nova, with Tanaka likely slotting in as the No. 2 or No. 3 starter. Asked if he believes Tanaka can be an ace, Cashman replied, “We’ll find out. He’s got a great deal of ability.”


    • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead says:

      Because he’s young, has the potential to be a #2, we needed a top 3 starter, there weren’t very many attractive options available, he adds stability for the next 3-5 years, the Yankees have a shitton of money anyway, etc?

    • Havok9120 says:

      And by the way, Bubba Crosby will be our Opening Day centerfielder.

      I don’t get too worked up over what Cashman says. He’s not a reliable source of information.

    • pat says:

      WHy is Cash going to lay anything else at his feet? Yeah dude we expect you to be an ace. Better to under promise and over deliver.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner says:

      If all things go as planned, yes, he’ll be the mid guy this year after a resurgent CC and a solid Kuroda. That’s the optimal scenario.

      I also think the expectation is for him to do better as he adjusts.

      • chris says:

        Yeah, if he’s just ok this year, people are going to be saying, “See!!! What a waste of money!”. But, we’re going to need about 3 years to see what we’ve truly got here.

        • Havok9120 says:

          That’s true for the whole team, too. The contracts we’ve signed this season prop the window open for a few more seasons. Next year’s FA class could complete the rebuild.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner says:

          If it’s not that, they’ll complain about something else.

  3. Eselquetodolosabe says:

    Napping along, and thoughts of Serena’s ass, and schizophrenics and alter egos…… Weird.

    • Havok9120 says:

      It’s the beautiful thing about an RAB comments section.

      The downside is the Game Thread.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner says:

        Still boycotting those this season unless there is literally nothing better to do.

        • Havok9120 says:

          I always multitask through the games anyway, so adding the GT to the task list and making a sweep ever couple innings remains interesting for me.

      • Farewell Mo says:

        The game threads are too close to the ESPN comment sections where everything is too rapid fire and there are no conversations, just a bunch of one liners.

        Not to mention over analyzing every pitch in a baseball game is beyond monotonous.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner says:

          Couldn’t have said it any better.

        • Havok9120 says:

          I often enjoy them if enough regulars are in there to keep a conversation going.

          More and more regulars swear them off now, though. Now Greg rolls in to tell us we’re gonna lose because the momentum swung against us in the second inning because what should have been a HR was foul, I shout a couple times about Prussia, and a whole bunch of randos tell us why this loss will epitomize everything wrong with the Yankee organization.

        • ALZ says:

          But every pitch is important.

      • I'm a looser and a trader baby so why don't you kill me? says:

        Don’t drink and game thread. Better yet, don’t game thread at all (sorry RABbis).

  4. Junior says:

    This is Tanaka’s world… and we are all just living in it.

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