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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Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers.