NY Sports Dog: Ryota Igarashi has a Website, Does Figgy?

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Ryota Igarashi has a Website, Does Figgy?

Since everyone is up in arms this morning about some of the cuts the Mets made, I decided to find out a little bit more about one of the culprits behind those cuts.

Ryota Igarashi has an 8.53 ERA this spring and zero major league experience--and it looks for all the world as if he has made the Mets.

Nelson Figueroa, Bobby Parnell, Kiko Calero and Elmer Dessens; infielder Russ Adams; and outfielder Chris Carter did not make the team.

While I do think Calero, Parnell and Nelson will still play a large role this year, it seems odd from a statistical (and eyes) viewpoint that the Japanese import got the nod.  Obviously his salary has a lot to do with it, as does the fact that Parnell has options and Calero needs to work on his arm strength.

Nellie is the odd man out, but truth be told he is a "second half big league pitcher".  By that I mean he's the type of guy a club brings up after the usual injuries occur.  His first half value is just not high enough.

Now back to Igarashi--he does have a pretty cool website, as evidenced by the picture at the top of this post.  That said, there is a disturbing link on his page called "Swallows Man".  I hope he didn't actually do that.

Igarashi can also pull a tire while running backwards--I seriously doubt Figgy could pull off such a superhuman feat:

Does Figgy have a website?  If not, does he need me to build him one?  Should we buy him a tire?  Maybe a bigger tire than Igarashi used, like a monster truck tire.

Perhaps it will help his cause, and that's something I can get behind.
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