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Seibu's Shinji Mori Wants to be Posted

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Seibu's Shinji Mori Wants to be Posted
The April 1st paper edition of Nikkan Sports (couldn't find it on their web site - and, no, we don't do "April Fools" jokes in Japan) states that Seibu Lions' middle relief ace Shinji Mori has requested to be posted at the end of this season. He said that he wanted a chance to play at a higher level before he turned 30 and it would be too late. (He turns 30 in September of 2004.)

The article notes that Mori was concerned about Ohtsuka's not getting any bids and subsequently being traded to Chunichi. But it hasn't changed his desire to attempt a posting.

Against Daiei last night, Mori threw a perfect 8th inning, striking out two of the three Hawks he faced.
Re: Seibu's Shinji Mori Wants to be Posted
[ Author: 1908 | Posted: Apr 1, 2003 8:38 AM | HT Fan ]

Can anyone describe his stuff, e.g. pitch types, velocity, etc.?
Re: Seibu's Shinji Mori Wants to be Posted
[ Author: westbaystars | Posted: Apr 1, 2003 11:49 AM | YBS Fan ]

Throws a 150kph straight and has good drop on his fork. Nikkan reports that he also developed a two-seam fastball this season.

As you can see from his stats, he threw in 71 games last season for 78 1/3 innings, so he hasn't been getting abused.

I'll enter his remaining missing stats this evening.
Re: Seibu's Shinji Mori Wants to be Posted
[ Author: 1908 | Posted: Apr 1, 2003 12:44 PM | HT Fan ]

Let's see ... 3.19 ERA ... 1.22 WHIP ... .249 BAA ... 10.90 K/9 ... 3.22 K/BB ... definitely some potential here.
[ Author: 1908 | Posted: Apr 1, 2003 12:55 PM | HT Fan ]

Sorry, those number are off -- spreadsheet error. More like 3.34 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, .266 BAA, 10.28 K/9, 2.86 K/B. Not bad, but not as good as I first thought.
Re: Seibu's Shinji Mori Wants to be Posted
[ Author: Dusanh | Posted: Apr 3, 2003 6:04 PM ]

The 150 kph fastball seems like his personal best or something. From what I've seen of him on Seibu's webcast, it averages around 145 kph on a good day.

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