Shingo Takekuma wrote:
>I am beginning to wonder if the Hawks will be affected in the pursuit of
>their first pennant since 1973 by their first baseman Matsunaka
>participating the upcoming Olympic qualifying tournament. There is no doubt
>that the departure of Matsuzaka will sure affect the Lions' pursuit of the
>pennant. Is Matsunaka the only Hawk to participate the
>Olympic qualifying tournament?
Matsunaka's loss will hurt them a little, but not that much as he doesn't
play a key defensive position. Perhaps they'll put Nieves at DH and let
Muramatsu play left or replace Matsunaka with Omichi, either way they don't
lose much. He'll miss about 10 games and an MVP-caliber player is only
worth about 4 games more than an ordinary player over the course of a
season. It might cost the Hawks a game at most. Same for the Lions.
All the PL teams are giving up one player each.