Cubs hope Kosuke Fukudome gets good s...

Cubs hope Kosuke Fukudome gets good start-in Japan

There are 29 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Feb 19, 2009, titled Cubs hope Kosuke Fukudome gets good start-in Japan. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

You didn't have to be Bob Woodward to catch this clue. Right there in full view, before the Cubs ' first workout Wednesday morning, a pair of athletic shoes sat in front of Kosuke Fukudome 's locker.

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tostep

Elgin, IL

#1 Feb 19, 2009
Fukodome cannot hit a changeup. Seems pitchers in Japan seldom throw them.

Thus, sending him back to Japan to spend more time at bat would be a waste of time.

If the Cubs want to have him get homesick and quit...it's a great move.
Inda Sputable

Oneonta, AL

#2 Feb 19, 2009
After his dismal performance last year, one would think Fukodome would have done everything possible to improve this year - including showing up for spring training. Extra at-bats and coaching might help him prepare for the long MLB season. Playing in Japan won't.
krebs

Laurel, MD

#3 Feb 19, 2009
I hope this bust stays in Japan. Bradley may be nuts, but he sure can hit and has fire.
Shawon Dunston

Willowbrook, IL

#4 Feb 19, 2009
Other teams were interested in Fukudome?? Riiiiiiiiiiiiight Phil. Just like the Astros were going to sign Dunn in a sneak attack on the Cubs.

Given your body of work the past few months you can't think you have any credibility left - do you?
Matt

Peoria, IL

#5 Feb 19, 2009
And in typical Hendry fashion....he'll trade him next year while eating 80% of the contract.
Mr Baseball

Atlanta, GA

#6 Feb 19, 2009
Fukudome has to do good this year or he needs to be cut, no matter how much he makes.
Steve

Carbondale, IL

#7 Feb 19, 2009
Phil,
Don't you think maybe Hendry has a DVR?
Artskoe

Normangee, TX

#8 Feb 19, 2009
I think all these negative comments will have to eat their words. K-Fu was coming off surgery last year, plus a new country and culture. Cubs got a new translator and he knows more English. He's been a success in Japan, and he will turn it around here so much these nay-sayers will be cheering his name again in October. Keep this article in the archives so we can re-read it before the WS parade. Go Cubs!!
Howard

Chicago, IL

#9 Feb 19, 2009
Pinella doesn't know what happened? I don't buy that, even I know what happened. Everyone knows what happened. Pitchers figured out how to pitch to him. Its as simple as that. Fukudome was never that good of a player. In Japan, he was never a power hitter, he hit for average against pitching that was not as good as MLB pitching. There were several people writing about how they doubted Fukudome when he was signed by the Cubs. It shouldn't be any surprise.
Inda Sputable

Winchester, KY

#10 Feb 19, 2009
Artskoe wrote:
I think all these negative comments will have to eat their words. K-Fu was coming off surgery last year, plus a new country and culture. Cubs got a new translator and he knows more English. He's been a success in Japan, and he will turn it around here so much these nay-sayers will be cheering his name again in October. Keep this article in the archives so we can re-read it before the WS parade. Go Cubs!!
I hope you're right, but I still think he needs to be in spring training with the team he will be playing with. I don't see how a 5-week delay helps him get better.
Rod from Tennessee

AOL

#11 Feb 19, 2009
Considering Hendry was the guy responsible for giving Fukudome 48 mil., i'm sure he isn't publically ready to say he's giving up on him, and that he was just a bust. Reporters would be all over him if he were to admit something like that. However, i don't buy that, when Hendry says he would have went after Bradley even if Fukudome had played really well. And i also don't doubt, although he'd never admit to it, that Hendry probably wishes he'd have held out longer on the signing of Bradley, when he saw the Angels get the better OF free agent in Bobby Abreu for only 5 mil.
Dee Dee

Round Rock, TX

#12 Feb 19, 2009
Steve wrote:
Phil,
Don't you think maybe Hendry has a DVR?
Ha! This was hilarious! Phil Rogers has no brain.
Glum

Northbrook, IL

#13 Feb 19, 2009
Steve wrote:
Phil,
Don't you think maybe Hendry has a DVR?
Don't take everything so literally.
Doug

Crest Hill, IL

#14 Feb 19, 2009
Shawon Dunston wrote:
Other teams were interested in Fukudome?? Riiiiiiiiiiiiight Phil. Just like the Astros were going to sign Dunn in a sneak attack on the Cubs.
Given your body of work the past few months you can't think you have any credibility left - do you?
I think Phil just makes up his columns these days. The other day he wrote about the Brewers having to make a choice in the near future between keeping Fielder or Braun. Guess what Phil? Brewers signed Braun to a six year contract last year. Do the readers of this paper a favor and do at least a little reasearch before you write something. Please. You are starting to embarrass yourself.

I basically read your column now to get a few chuckles out of your baseless speculations.
chief wahoo

Chicago, IL

#15 Feb 19, 2009
While Fukudome was the darling of the fans & the press in the first half of last season, opposing pitching coaches were studying film and adjusting.

You don't have to be Ted Williams to know that average and above pitchers are simply throwing out-pitches to Fukudome that break down and out. And as long as he continues to stride a half foot out of the box - he'll be swinging at air.

Lou needs to rivet this bonehead's right leg to the ground. If he can't or won't counter-adjust; trade him to the first team that offers a gross of jockstraps.
John Anthony

United States

#16 Feb 19, 2009
1908...
Kurt

Phoenix, AZ

#17 Feb 19, 2009
The Cubs should have dumped Fuki, with his swing he will never, ever, be a success in the big leagues. Hendry was an idiot to sign this guy, anyone with any knowledge of baseball would realize that his swing is a joke, if he was in Little League the coaches would take one look at that odd swing and tell him you have to change it or you will fail, even at this level.
Droncz92

Hartford, CT

#18 Feb 19, 2009
Oh, they didnt chuck this guy yet?
paul from geneva

Carmel, IN

#19 Feb 19, 2009
Artskoe wrote:
I think all these negative comments will have to eat their words. K-Fu was coming off surgery last year, plus a new country and culture. Cubs got a new translator and he knows more English. He's been a success in Japan, and he will turn it around here so much these nay-sayers will be cheering his name again in October. Keep this article in the archives so we can re-read it before the WS parade. Go Cubs!!
Any Hitter, Especially One In His 30'S Who Regressed Every Month Of The Season, Is Very Unlikely To Suddenly "Find It". At That Age, What You See Is What You Get.
mikea

Chicago, IL

#21 Feb 19, 2009
He will never improve sending him to Japan to play. He needs to be in spring training to play with and against the guys he will be facing al;l season. Putting him to play in Japaan is like putting Dereck Lee in the minors for spring training. Come On now CUBS WAKE UP!!!!!!!! You made a mistake once again Thank you Jim Hendry, oh yeah Thanks for letting Mark go too, we know you did the right thing just like we know Rod B did the right thing all the time

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