John Wasdin Headed Back to Japan

» 04 January 2009 » In npb »

Found on Hochi Sports via Yahoo: former Yomiuri Giant John Wasdin is on his way back to Japan, this time on a one-year deal with the Seibu Lions. Wasdin was pretty mediocre for the Giants back 2002, though I remember him being much worse than his numbers indicate. Either way, he wasn’t given much of a chance to prove himself with a Giants team that went on to win the 2002 Japan Series.

Seibu team president Maeda says that Wasdin has improved on his breaking pitches and control, and that they expect him to start in 2009.


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  1. Patrick
    05/01/2009 at 11:02 am Permalink

    RE: Seibu team president Maeda and his John Wasdin Improvement on breaking pitches and control statement…

    Can you actually call an “improvement” to Wasdin’s breaking pitches an improvement if they never broke in the first place?

  2. Patrick
    05/01/2009 at 12:08 pm Permalink

    I guess there isn’t much love for John Wasdin among NPB Tracker readers. I’ve learned to never say never, but Wasdin is a retread. Still, can you fault the guy for making a buck?

  3. Patrick
    05/01/2009 at 12:57 pm Permalink

    I havent seen him pitch since his Boston days, where he was known as John “way-back” wasdin

  4. Patrick
    08/01/2009 at 11:06 am Permalink

    God Bless. He is 36yrs old, needs a job, and wants to work…
    I have a friend, one of 32 men in the world to accomplish this:
    Hit a home run in his last major league at bat!! He thought it
    was over, season done, he is out of baseball. His agent said
    “japan”. That was 35 yrs ago. Now he has several california homes, family,
    and out of baseball after a 10yr Japanese baseball career in the 1980s!
    Go for it John, live the dream as long as you can!!

  5. Patrick
    Billy Weeks
    26/01/2009 at 12:11 pm Permalink

    The man loves baseball. I give him all the good thoughts and wishes for success in Japan. Takes a big heart to keep on trying. That’s what it’s all about. Go get ’em John.


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