Former MLB infielder Casey McGehee, a Soquel High alum, on playing with prized free agent pitcher Masahiro Tanaka on the Rakuten Golden Eagles in Japan.
Tanaka went 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA in the regular-season and helped the Golden Eagles beat the Yomiuri Giants to win their first Japan Series on Nov. 3. The Eagles on 3-0 in Game 7.
“He’s really good. Whatever (MLB) team gets him is going to be pleasantly surprised. They’re going to get more than they expected, especially a couple years down the road. He’s only 25. The guy’s a horse.
“They’re saying he has the best forkball in the world. It’s amazing the control he had. He could get it to move more or less. It was really impressive to watch. I heard about him before going over there and he blew my expectations away. He had a little different walk about him. I think he’s going to be one of the ones who comes over and has success.”
– Jim Seimas, Santa Cruz Sentinel