Friday, 12th February 2010
Japanese pitcher joins New York team
Japanese baseball player Hisanori Takahashi has signed a minor league baseball contract with US team the New York Mets.
The left-handed pitcher, who at 34 years old is considered a veteran of the game, will attend the team's spring training, it has been reported, and should he make it into the Mets team he could earn as much as $1 million (89 million Japanese yen).
This is the second signing from Japan for the team, who also took on Ryota Igarashi earlier this year. Over the last 13 years, the team has signed 11 players from Japan.
Writing for the New York Times, sports writer David Waldstein noted that the New York Mets have had more Japanese players on their squad than any other major team in the US.
Takahashi has previously played for the Yomiuri Giants in the Japanese Central League and stayed with the team for ten baseball seasons.
Written by Mark Smith.