Scott Boras, the agent of “$90 million” Japanese slugging machine Masataka Yoshida (Boston Red Sox), smirked at his performance.
Boston succeeded in signing Yoshida, who had been trying to break into the major leagues through the “posting system,” to a five-year, $90 million contract totaling $117.9 billion. In seven seasons in Japan, Yoshida played in 762 games with 884 hits, 133 home runs, a .327 batting average and a .960 OPS.체스카지노
His first year in the majors didn’t start out so well. In the month of April, he batted .265 with 22 doubles, four home runs, 15 RBIs, and an OPS of .819. After slowly finding his groove, Yoshida has exploded in the second half of the season. In his last seven games, he’s batting .355 with 11 doubles, two home runs, seven RBIs, and a 1.065 OPS. He hit three home runs, including a grand slam, and drove in six runs against the Chicago Cubs on April 17.
In 84 games this season, he is batting .317 with 104 hits, 11 home runs, 50 RBIs, seven doubles, 51 runs scored and an OPS of .881. His batting average ranks fifth in the majors and second in the American League. Only 0.02 separates him from first-place Yandy Diaz (Tampa Bay). It’s a gap that could be overturned at any moment.
The local consensus is that at his current pace, Yoshida has a shot at the Rookie of the Year award.
If Yoshida wins the batting title and the Rookie of the Year, he will be the first player in 22 years to win both the batting title and the Rookie of the Year since Ichiro in 2001.
Before the season, there was some speculation that Boston had “overpaid” for Yoshida. However, his agent, Scott Boras, refuted this.
According to him, there was no overpayment based on Yoshida’s current performance.
According to Japanese outlet Full Count, Boras reunited with Yoshida before the game on July 22. Yoshida spotted Boras in training and approached him with a smile on his face and shook his hand. They chatted for a few minutes.
“He’s definitely putting up All-Star numbers,” Boras said afterward. There’s no doubt about it,” Boras said confidently.
“He’s probably exceeded everyone’s expectations except mine. I’ve always said to Yoshida, ‘You’re the Jose Altuve (Houston) of Japan. He’s a visionary. Yoshida has always been a star player,” he laughs.