Sunday, November 26, 2017

Shohei Ohtani Issues "Blue Book Exam" To MLB Teams

After digesting their turkey this weekend, MLB team executives have an assignment: In both Japanese and English, compare and contrast your team's advantages and disadvantages for Shohei Ohtani. Once you've completed the assignment, please pass your Blue Book exams up to the front. No talking! With an arrogance unseen by any "free agent" in a long time, Ohtani may be getting his 2018 USA Tour off on the wrong foot. Ohtani's agency (CAA) literally set forth the following instructions: "evaluate Ohtani's talent as a pitcher and as a hitter....explain its [the team's] player development, medical training and player performance philosophies and facilities...describe its minor league and spring training facilities...detail resources for Ohtani's cultural assimilation into the team's city...demonstrate a vision for how Ohtani could integrate into the team's organization...and tell Ohtani why the team is a desirable place to play." Anything else?