March 07, 2005

Do the Phils overlook the foreign leagues?

The Phillies tend not to invite foreign-league players to spring training, like Japan star Roberto Petagine. Yesterday against the Phils, Petagine went 2-2 with a double a two RBIs for Boston, as the former major leaguer tries for a state-side comeback.

I've often wondered why the Phillies don't sign more foreign league players to minor league deals with invites to spring training, because it seems more often than not, they tend to win jobs and stick around.

Yesterday, the Red Sox brought in Roberto Petagine, who played in Japan the last six seasons and signed a minor league deal this winter. Petagine, 33, won three Gold Gloves and two home run titles playing for the Yakult Swallows from 1999 to 2002 and the Yomiuri Giants the past two years.

Before heading east, the Venezuelan spent five uneventful seasons in the majors with four different teams, his last with Cincinnati, before finding his game in Japan.

You know, they play pretty good ball in Japan, and if you're a World Series-winning GM as Theo Epstein is, what do you have to lose by inviting Petagine? In six seasons, he's averaged a Bonds-like .317 BA, .633 SLG, .446 OBP, to go with a .991 fielding percentage at first.

I'd like to see more foreign league players in Clearwater, maybe one per year. They've got the hunger.


At 9:13 AM, Blogger el123chico said...

you compared this petinge fellow to barry bonds. hahahahaha. does he take the cream and the clear too?

At 9:37 AM, Blogger Jason Weitzel said...

Look at that picture. He's got the body armor and everything! Even the uni is the same. No clear cream added though. That's pure Petagine.

Pure Petagine.


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