NPB: After a decade in MLB, veteran pitcher signs in Japan with Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks

The Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks have reached an agreement with him right-handed Tyler Chatwood. The veteran pitcher chose free agency after ending the 2021 season with a minor league contract with the San francisco giants.

The move to Japan provides a fresh start for Chatwood as he enters his 32-year season, and it will be interesting to watch if he works out of the Hawks’ bullpen or if he could try to reestablish himself as a starting pitcher:

At the very least, trying to work as a starter could help increase his holdings for MLB teams in the future, giving interested clubs the option of using Chatwood as a starter, reliever or long reliever.

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Chatwood joins Venezuelan Freddy Galvis and Colin Rea as well-known Major League Baseball players who will join the Hawks this winter. Fukuoka is coming off a rare losing season after dominating Nippon’s professional baseball for the past decade: The Hawks won the Japan Series seven times between 2011-2020, including four straight titles from 2017-20.

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I am fond of the King of Sports, especially the Boston Red Sox in MLB and in general all of Mexican baseball. This profession has given me the opportunity to cover major events such as the Caribbean Series, the LMB All Star, LMP (uninterrupted since 2009), signings of important players. I had the chance to attend the 2013 World Classic in Arizona, USA, albeit as a fan. Apart from this beautiful sport, I love basketball, where I have also narrated games and even an NBA friendly 10 years ago, but I carry baseball in my veins. Graduated in Communication Sciences from the Autonomous University of Sinaloa (UAS) , from which I graduated in 2011. I was born in Mazatlán, Sinaloa and started in the world of sports journalism in 2004 in the newspaper El Sol de Mazatlán, where I was a baseball columnist and reporter at the same time. In January 2009 I came to El Debate as a journalist reporter and it was almost six years (in the first stage), until in November 2014 I emigrated to the radio providing my services in Línea Directa-Grupo RSN. My cycle there ended in July 2019 and within days, El Debate gave me another opportunity to work and opened the doors for me again. That is how I came to Al Bat, where I have been since 2019 as a web journalist.

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NPB: After a decade in MLB, veteran pitcher signs in Japan with Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks