Ichiro Working Out as a Pitcher

» 08 February 2009 » In international baseball, mlb »

You might remember a post I did last year that had a link to Ichiro pitching in the 1996 NPB All-Star Game. Ichiro came out and immediately hit 90 on the TV gun on his first warm-up pitch, and then induced a soft grounder from pinch-hitter Shingo Takatsu.

Nearly 13 years later, Japan WBC manager Tatsunori Hara has, perhaps unintentionally, prompted Ichiro to return to the mound by suggesting that using him in emergency situations is a possibility in this year’s tournament. In his workout on the 7th, he skipped batting practice and worked out as a pitcher. He threw 56 pitches off the mound at Skymark Stadium, throwing fastballs and forkballs. Word is that he hit 147kmph (92mph) with his fastest pitch. Ichiro said he wants to throw a little bit harder.

Sanspo has a series of photos of his work out: 1, 2, 3, 4.

Hara isn’t used to managing games that go beyond 12 innings, which might explain the idea of using a position player as a pitcher. Ichiro would probably be the most credible pitching candidate among the fielders in this year’s WBC. However far-fetched it might be, we might see Ichiro pitch in a competitive game this year.


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  1. Patrick
    08/02/2009 at 8:58 pm Permalink

    If I were the Mariners, I’m not sure I’d be happy with this development…

  2. Patrick
    Jose Canseco
    09/02/2009 at 11:10 pm Permalink

    Ichiro pitching? This is a great idea! A

    fter all, what’s the worst that can happen to Ichiro–hurting himself in a freak injury and being lost for the season?


  3. Patrick
    11/02/2009 at 8:31 pm Permalink

    Who cares its not like they are going to use him its just something for the media to talk about. He’s a natural athlete so give it up


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