First of all – I must tell you that this is no joke. There is nothing funny here. No jokes, like before. I am just going to give you my take on Hiroki Kuroda:
Stand up guy. As a person, there’s nothing you can say bad about Hiroki. I was watching when he was hit in the head with the ball back up the middle and I was sick with fear. He was courageous in his comeback and I was happy that he carried on.
Typical of Asian people, he was polite and kind. I liked Hiroki. He was a Dodger and did nothing wrong. If anyone blasted him for not accepting a trade to Boston, it had to be tongue-in-cheek. I know that I did.
Hiroki was a Dodger for four years. He said he was so much a Dodger that he didn’t want to play anywhere else. OK, I get that! he didn’t have to accept a trade and how can we be mad at him even if he was so entrenched in LA that he chose not to seek a World Championship?
However, the fact that he refused the trade to Boston, spoke volumes about him. Hiroki was a nice guy, but sometimes nice guys finish last. As I mentioned. Hiroki Kuroda pitched for the Dodgers for 4 years. During those four years, the Dodgers had a .527 winning percentage.
In that same span, Hiroki Kuroda had a .471 ERA – he went 41 and 46 for the Dodgers.
The Dodgers paid him $47.30 million for 41 wins. That’s $1.16 million dollars per win.
I know what you are going to say, so save your breath!
“But wins are overvalued.”
“Look at his ERA, Look at his other stats.”
“He had bad luck – they didn’t support him.”
“He was a good guy.” (I agree)
That’s just not really very good. In a time when the Dodgers were winning almost 53% of their games, Hiriki Kuroda was CONSISTENTLY below .500. He found ways to lose.
Here’s the real issue:
Hikoki is getting old. I think he will be facing some ARM issues, but that’s just me.
I wish him well, but he wasn’t all that. Make all the excuses you want and say the Dodgers should have signed him (in November, he made noises that it would take $14 mil to sign him), but the bottom line is the BOTTOM LINE! Just win baby… and he didn’t. Not enough!
The Dodgers are much better off with Capuano and Harang for a little more than what Hiroki is getting.
Who wants to bet who wins the most games?
I’ll always remember you as a Dodger. Thanks for the memories, but it was time to move on.
UPDATE: Dodgers Avoid arbitration with Andre Ethier and signed him for about $11 mil plus bonuses. Very interesting!