Yoshii Off the Market

Masato Yoshii pitching for the New York MetsAll the rumors and speculation that Masato Yoshii would be returning to Shea to alleviate the Mets’ pitching woes can be put to rest: he’s officially announced his retirement.

In addition, Rick Peterson can sleep restfully, because Yoshii won’t even be returning to be a coach. He’s accepted the position of pitching coach for the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters.

Last season, Yoshii went a disappointing 1-9 ERA of 7.47. He pitched his final four games for the Chiba Lotte Marines after a June 29 trade from the Orix Buffaloes. A native of Osaka, the 42-year-old Yoshii retired with a career 89-82 record in Japan.

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  1. isuzudude November 6, 2007 at 5:58 pm
    Wright & Beltran win gold gloves. Pretty sweet. Now, how ironic would it be for Wright to win his first gold glove and then be asked to change positions to accomodate an Arod acquisition? I’m not entirely sure Wright deserved to win the gold glove at 3B this year (Ryan Zimmerman gets my vote), but we all thought he’d eventually win one, so we know the talent is there. Beltran’s a solid choice. Now that Rollins has unseated Vizquel at SS, I’m not sure if Reyes will be getting any gold gloves any time soon, though I thought he was on his way too.
  2. Micalpalyn November 6, 2007 at 6:15 pm
    Good job isu: My commentary reads more like ” so cant throw to first huh….” actually i think reyes is better than rollins defensively.