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A Vote of Confidence for Mench

by Patrick Newman (Apr 25, 2009)

Kevin Mench's physical returned "no irregularities" and the outfielder is on his way home to rest for a few days before joining Hanshin's minor league team

In a vote of confidence for Mench, Hanshin owner Shinya Sakai said, "we're not at all thinking of adding reinforcemts (signing another foreign player)", before adding "I want Mench to get a good rest and then do his best".

Patience with foreign players is notoriously short in Japan, but in this case Hanshin's management appears to be saying the right things. The Tigers brass notably stood behind Jeff Williams when he was named in the Mitchell Report a few years ago as well.


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