Saturday, December 21, 2013

Are the Rakuten Golden Eagles the Yankees of Japan?

After signing an injury-plagued, former MLB star in Kevin Youkilis, it begs the question. Right now the answer is: it depends.

If the Eagles hold onto Tanaka, then Youkilis is a complimentary piece that one hopes will bring some veteran know-how and presence to a contending team. If the Eagles, on the other hand, have decided to part with a younger, effective player and have decided to appease the fanbase by signing older, injury ravaged versions of former stars, then yes, the Rakuten Eagles are the New York Yankees of Japan.


Rich Mahogany said...

I thought you were going to say they are the Yankees of Japan because their front office produces conflicting and confusing messages about their star player.

Roberto E. Alejandro said...

That too, though they've yet to publicly insult Tanaka for no reason.