You didn’t do it well, so you threw it away? Bitter Dodgers. We actually caught him.
The Los Angeles Dodgers look pathetic at Tsutgo Yoshitomo, a Japanese batter who evolved from a 100 percent batter to a giant.
Tsutsugo, who joined the Tampa Bay Rays after signing a two-year contract last year, transferred to the Dodgers as a trade on May 16 (Korea time) this year. Tsutsugo, however, went down to the minor league on the 8th of this month and was released on the 15th.
Tsutsugo signed a contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates on the 17th, two days later. And he became a completely different batter. Tsutsugo, who had a five-run batting average of 0.167 without home runs in 26 games this season and a two-run batting average of 0.120, has been hitting five homers and 11 RBIs in 13 games in Pittsburgh.
Tsutsugo is writing his career in Pittsburgh by hitting a three-run homer against the St. Louis Cardinals on the 30th. Tsutsugo recently expressed his feelings, saying, “I feel the joy of playing baseball in a new place, along with my gratitude for the Dodgers who have been indebted to me so far.”
The Digest, a Japanese baseball media outlet, told the behind story of Tsutsugo’s release from the Dodgers on the 31st. The media said, “Many people thought the Dodgers judged Tsutsugo as an unnecessary player when news of the Dodgers’ release came out, but the reality is different. “The Dodgers wanted Tsutsugo to stay on the team.”
The Dodgers told Tsutsugo’s agent Joel Wolf, “If you stay on the team, there is a possibility of a call-up later,” the media said. “The Dodgers paid a lot of attention to Tsutsugo’s swing as a “priority player,” including having one of the Major League batting coaches, Brant Brown, take charge of Tsutsugo,” he said.
“The coach Brown read Triple-A’s report on Tsutsugo every day and kept in touch with him while watching videos. However, Tsutsugo had a provision that he could not send to the minor leagues without his agreement, and the Dodgers, which needed a pitcher immediately, failed to promote Tsutsugo and eventually sent him out.
Tsutsu wanted a team with more batting opportunities than anything else, but the Dodgers were aiming to win, so even if it was a Major League call-up later, I couldn’t guarantee that he would have a chance to play every day. Thanks to the Dodgers’ situation and Tsutsugo’s contract conditions, Pittsburgh was able to get a giant that was surviving for almost free.
Meanwhile, the media said, “You may think the Dodgers have lost money because of Tsutsugo, but many players may want to experience the Dodgers system while playing in Pittsburgh. In fact, the Dodgers have recently revived players who have been sluggish in other clubs, and the Debs are getting thicker. “The team’s reputation will rise further,” he said.