The former Houston Astros participant, Joshua Reddick, has slammed the Los Angeles Dodgers for his or her determination to pay Yoshinobu Yamamoto $325m throughout 12 years on the idea that the Japanese participant is unproven in Main League Baseball.
After plying his commerce within the Nippon Skilled Baseball league, the place he rapidly established himself because the dominant pitching power, after which signed for the Dodgers on December 21, electing to go up on each the New York Mets and New York Yankees.
“How do you give a man $325 million with out ever throwing a pitch in MLB?” Reddick requested on Twitter, now generally known as X.com, earlier than agreeing with a commentor who mentioned “Baseball is ruined”.
In Japan final yr, Yamamoto had 16 wins and 6 losses throughout 23 outings in 2023, recording a really spectacular 1.21 ERA as he maintained his pitching credentials.
He, beforehand, received the equal of the CY Younger Award, was voted MVP on three events and received the Triple Crown (League chief in wins, strikeouts, ERA) for three-straight years, the one particular person in skilled historical past to take action.
Reddick accused of dishonest
Reddick was requested to elucidate how he might justify calling baseball “ruined” by the deal contemplating his function within the 2017 Houston Astros dishonest scandal which noticed the franchise win the World Sequence however be fined.
The slugger hit a career-best .314 throughout 134 common season video games nevertheless it slashed down within the postseason, and he maintained that he should not apologize for his function in deceiving baseball and its followers.
“Why would I apologize,” Reddick added on X. “Once I know different groups have been doing the identical factor? They did not apologize to me.”
His career-best marketing campaign got here after the Astros have been discovered to have been stealing indicators from pitchers and catchers earlier than relaying them to the dugout.
The dugout would then make a coded noise to alert the hitter as to what sort of pitch is because of be delivered, this giving them a bonus.