Thursday, March 31, 2022

Newsletter Excerpt, March 31, 2022 -- "Seiya Suzuki, and the Cubs"


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"At some point during the offseason I compared Seiya Suzuki to Kosuke Fukudome, a comparison that took on more intrigue when Suzuki signed with the Cubs. As happened with Fukudome, I project Suzuki’s power to take a big hit in the transition to MLB, while the other skills mostly translate. Where that comparison missed, however, was in not considering age. Fukudome was 31 in his rookie season over here, while Suzuki is 27. That gives Suzuki a much greater chance of approximating his NPB performance, where he was arguably the league’s best player in recent seasons. I think the Cubs’ signing of Suzuki will be one of the better moves of the 2021-22 offseason."