C.J. Nitkowski is an analyst for MLB.com and SoE Live. A first-round pick of the Cincinnati Reds in 1995, Nitkowski enjoyed a 10-year career as a Major League pitcher.
|While the Rakuten Golden Eagles are upset that MLB and the Nippon Professional Baseball are close to finalizing a $20 million posting cap, they'll post ace Masahiro Tanaka rather than risk getting nothing for their asset.
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|A solution to satisfy three separate parties in negotiations is never easy, but in the case of the Japanese posting system, it might be simpler than we think.
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|Baseball creates its own culture for so many different reasons. Because it is a sport with a 162-game schedule and has almost no contact, the intensity is about as opposite as it can be compared to sports like football and hockey. That, however, does not mean the locker room can't be a difficult place to adjust.
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|Knowing Brad Ausmus as a player, it wasn't a matter of if he would become a big league manager, it was a matter of when. There are teammates you play with over your career who you see as potential coaches or managers, and there is no better example than the Tigers' new skipper.
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