Brian Bannister Goes to Japan

According to a tweet by Ken Rosenthal, former Met Brian Bannister is headed to Japan to pitch for the Yomiuri Giants

Have to agree with Ed at MetsFever: huh?

Granted, Bannister is not nearly as awesome as some Mets fans seem to have believed (as Ed astutely points out in his post), but he’s still a decent, low-cost, #5 NL starter under the age of 30 — which in this day and age, is in demand. Hard to believe he had to cross the Pacific to pitch in 2011.

But, maybe this is entirely his decision. Perhaps he has a genuine interest in experiencing Japanese culture, their way of playing baseball, and sees it as an opportunity either to grow as an individual or improve himself for another shot at MLB.

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  1. Rich M. January 10, 2011 at 5:36 pm
    Wow.. I didn’t realize Bannister was a F/A. I would have offered him a contract if I were the Mets since their pitching staff is in disarray.