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Darvish impresses catcher in first bullpen

Posted on: February 21, 2012 6:04 pm

Luis MartinezBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Yu Darvish is scheduled to meet with the media on Thursday at Rangers camp, but until then, he's off limits. The Rangers even took the unusual step of keeping the media from watching Darvish's initial workout with the team.

Because of that, Luis Martinez became a popular man on Tuesday. Martinez caught Darvish's first bullpen session with the Rangers and found himself surrounded by media afterward. According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Martinez answered questions from approximately 30 Japanese media members and four from Texas.

According to Martinez, Darvish threw 30 pitches at about 70-80 percent, with the last few pitches coming in somewhere in the lower 90s. Martinez said Darvish actually apologized to him when he missed his spots.

"I was talling him, 'It's OK. You're just warming up. It's your first bullpen,'" Martinez told reporters, including Wilson. "He threw sliders, curveballs, changeups, splits. He threw 30, and within those 30, there were about 10 different pitches.

"He's unique in his own way. He's a great talent."

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Since: Sep 30, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2012 11:47 am

Darvish impresses catcher in first bullpen

hopefully, you won't have too many low-IQ'd fans booing Darvish because he does not live up to his '100 million' dollar cost...   he's NOT getting paid 20 mil per year, but only 10 (same as Carlos Silva).   it's the IDIOTIC MLB'S FAULT for even having this 'bid' thing anyway...   can you imagine if that was the case with NBA?   Knicks would've just bought Rubio and Pau Gasol...   if you see him as a 10 mil pitcher, than as long as he performs to a #3/4 pitcher, then the Rangers are getting their money's worth...   if he's pitching like #2/Ace, then it's simply a bonus...   again, point the blame where it should go (MLB), not Darvish...   but i'm willing to be there will be a slew of Forrest Gumps (with bad intention and too dumb to realize just how dumb they are) will be saying he's a disappointment because he doesn't pitch like a 20-mil pitcher and blame Darvish...   stupid is stupid does...

Since: Feb 22, 2012
Posted on: February 22, 2012 10:20 am
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Since: Sep 24, 2011
Posted on: February 22, 2012 9:10 am

Darvish impresses catcher in first bullpen

One would have to expect Darvish to be extremely good. Realistically Nolan Ryan is making 99 to 100 percent of the Rangers' decisions. When it comes to pitching, who is the better judge than Ryan. Ryan chose to wave bye-bye to C.J. & spend the $100 G's on Yu. Since Ryan took over he has made excellent decions. After all they are the best team in the AL(see who represented the league in the last two World Series).

Since: Mar 8, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2012 7:20 am

Darvish impresses catcher in first bullpen

This is the mystery man..Will he pitch really well or he is going to be a bust. I think the positives will outweigh the negatives and he could win 12-15 games this year. Got to love a pitcher who apologizes to his catcher for missing spots. Good Luck Yu! (except against the Yankees) :)

Since: Mar 20, 2009
Posted on: February 22, 2012 6:48 am

Darvish impresses catcher in first bullpen

I hope Amrericans know that not ALL Japanese baseball fans are hoping his success.  

He is an arrogant bastard that had made comments and acted as if he was the god.
I have met him in person couple of times, and it is true that the success he had in Japan and the media made him that way. 

I really hope that the big leaguers hit him well, teaching him he was just A player.
(To be honest, they smash hard balls right into him!)

Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2012 6:41 am

Darvish impresses catcher in first bullpen

The Rangers paid Yu Darvish 100 million dollars to come and pitch for them...he'd better be very good, or the Rangers will have to eat that money. If he turns out to have 17 wins, and leads them to a World series title, it will be worth it, but what if they don't make the world series or Darvish doesn't pan out? 100 Million is a lot to pay for an average to above average pitcher.

I'm sure he's the real deal, otherwise Nolan Ryan and company wouldn't have given him the big money. Only time will tell how good he will be. Tune in again next week.

Since: May 9, 2010
Posted on: February 22, 2012 1:18 am

Darvish impresses catcher in first bullpen

Whoa now, calm down with these predictions. It doesn't matter how good his numbers were in Japan, Major League Baseball is entirely different. Infact can anyone name a player that played in the Big Leagues that had multiple seasons of success other than Ichiro? The only reason he did so well is because the Mariners let him do his own thing as far as workouts, preparing for the game, etc. I'm not saying this guy's going to be a bust but don't be surprised if he doesn't live up to the hype.

Since: Jan 11, 2012
Posted on: February 22, 2012 12:56 am

Darvish impresses catcher in first bullpen

If Maddux says he's good, then he's good.  Can't wait.  Predict: 17 wins, 3.20 ERA.  

Since: May 28, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2012 12:56 am

Darvish impresses catcher in first bullpen

steal?they paid 100 million for him.that's a steal?

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2012 12:29 am

Darvish impresses catcher in first bullpen

Nolan Ryan, Mike Maddux, and Greg Maddux (possibly the most intellegent pitcher ever) all endorse Darvish.  Haters and doubters will all look like fools mid way through the season.  Im not saying his Era will be below 2 but he will be better than CJ Wilson.  The Rangers did not even make an offer to their former #1 but went hard at Darvish.  He will do well on the Rangers.

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