If Shohei Otani is baseball's Superman, the Phillies should make a push for him

If Shohei Otani is baseball's Superman, the Phillies should make a push for him

Is Shohei Otani baseball's Superman?

No, he cannot run faster than a locomotive or leap over tall buildings in a single bound.
But he throws 100-plus mph fastballs and hits bombs that have the power to break through a stadium roof (literally). And he’s only 22 years old.  
Here's some proof: Otani's home run that went through the roof at the Tokyo Dome.

And him pitching over 100 mph -- yes, he does look a bit like Yu Darvish when he pitches.


Unfortunately, Otani is currently on the other side of the Pacific Ocean. Jon Wertheim from CBS' 60 Minutes highlighted the Japanese superstar on Sunday night, deeming him the Japanese Babe Ruth because of his prowess as both a pitcher and a hitter.


Should the Phillies make a push to get Otani? Why wouldn't they? Despite the fact that Otani would likely be better suited for an American League team where he could pitch every five days and hit as a DH on off days (if an AL team is open to such a unique arangement). The Phillies should still make a push because he would be relatively cheap at age 22 thanks to MLB’s new collective bargaining agreement.
Under MLB’s new CBA, any international player under the age of 25 is now capped at a $6 million signing bonus. However, Otani says he is not looking to wait three more years when the chance for a bigger pay day would open up.
"Personally, I don’t care how much I get paid or how much less I get paid because of this," Otani said through a translator in the 60 Minutes segment.

His numbers are astonishing.

Otani, who plays for the Nippon Fighting Hams, has thrown the fastest pitch in league history at 102.5 mph.

As a starting pitcher last season, he went 10-4 with a 1.86 ERA and averaged 11.9 strikeouts per nine innings.
His four-year pitching record for Nippon is 39-13 with a 2.49 ERA and 595 strikeouts.

The 2016 season was Otani’s best year at the plate. He hit .322 with 22 home runs and 67 RBIs. This performance earned him the league's MVP.
John Gibson, a reporter who has covered Japaneese baseball for over 20 years, told CBS that the 22-year-old is simply unbelievable.
"You think about a guy who throws 101 (mph) and then a guy who hits home runs and that's a comic-book character," Gibson said. "That's not somebody you're thinking about in real life. You know, nobody does that. Who does that?"

New to Philly, Markelle Fultz already has his cheesesteak order down

New to Philly, Markelle Fultz already has his cheesesteak order down

Moving to a new city can be overwhelming. Markelle Fultz already has taken care of one key aspect of living in Philadelphia.

His cheesesteaks.

Fultz stamped off on Larry’s Steaks as his favorite. The Maryland native had visited Philadelphia many times before being drafted by the Sixers and had done his own scouting. 

So it wasn’t a question of where he gets his cheesesteaks, but how he orders them.

“Actually, I do it a different way,” Fultz said. “I usually get chicken and steak. I just get lettuce and a little bit of onions. Just a basic Philly cheesesteak.” 

Fultz also credited his mother for her cheesesteak savvy. 

“I’ll be stealing like half of hers,” he said. 

The Sixers provided Larry’s Steaks cheesesteaks to the media following Fultz’s introductory press conference.

Welcome to Philadelphia, Markelle Fultz.

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Whoops: Morgan Frost deletes harsh tweet about Flyers from past

Whoops: Morgan Frost deletes harsh tweet about Flyers from past

It's a tradition unlike any other.

After a player gets drafted, he gains thousands of new fans and new followers on social media, many of whom decide to go back in time to learn a little more. Oftentimes, these hunts through Twitter history unearth a few posts that probably should have never happened or have been deleted a long time ago.

Enter Flyers draft pick Morgan Frost.

The Flyers traded with the St. Louis Blues to select the 18-year-old Frost with the 27th overall pick in the 2017 NHL draft on Friday night and immediately, this Tweet surfaced — which has now been deleted.

Life comes at you fast, Morgan.

On that night, the Flyers lost to the Washington Capitals, 7-0, in a game that included a late melee in which Brayden Schenn, involved in this trade, received a game misconduct and goalie Ray Emery traded barbs with Braden Holtby.

In another Tweet, Frost was critical of the move the Flyers made to sign Vinny Lecavalier.

Born in Barrie, Ontario, Frost can root for any team he wants growing up and fans should probably give him some slack on these tweets surfacing, but a message to everyone on the night before you're going to get drafted: go through your feed and delete anything that could find its way onto this blog.