Japanese Imports…and we aren’t talking Karaoke

masahiro-tanaka-yankeesToday Masahiro Tanaka signed a 7 year 155 million dollar contract with the New York Yankees. Here in New England the panic music is rising, the faithful are nervous that this makes the Yankees better than the Red Sox. At first blush I don’t think so, but that is a story for another day. Today I want to analyze Tanaka the pitcher in relation to the other 3 big name pitchers to start their Major League careers at age 25 or 26, Hideo Nomo, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Yu Darvish. Continue reading