Yamamoto left Freeman shaking his head.
Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Freddie Freeman was left in awe after facing his new teammate Yoshinobu Yamamoto in live batting practice."That's some crazy stuff. I'm glad he's on our team," Freeman said Saturday, according to Steve Stockmar of MLB.com. "Control like I've never seen."The seven-time All-Star added: "I was like, 'What is going on?'" Yoshinobu Yamamoto's first live BP? Electric. pic.twitter.com/Q4wExEtpjA Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) February 17, 2024 Yamamoto, who signed a record 12-year, $325-million contract in December without throwing a single pitch in the majors, also got a standing ovation from Mookie Betts, according to Stockmar."It was good for me to have the opportunity to face the actual hitters," Yamamoto said through his interpreter. "I think this is not the best yet, and I'm going to keep adjusting with what I need to and it's going to keep getting better."The 25-year-old right-hander authored a 70-29 record with a 1.82 ERA and 922 strikeouts across 897 innings over seven years with Nippon Professional Baseball's Orix Buffaloes. He captured the Sawamura Award three times as Japan's top hurler.Copyright © 2024 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.
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