Some of the posters on the BravesCenter.com Message Board had some questions for Bill Shanks. Here…
Phil Dale Interview
SHANKS: Tell me first about the outfielder you signed, Takumi Hamaoka? DALE: Takumi came into a tryout we held. We always hold a tryout in December in the Osaka area. He came in as a fourteen year old about three or four years ago as a pitcher. He threw pretty hard and showed some great tools. From that point, we just followed his progress through high school until the point when he graduated. We talked to him throughout that period of time and he really wanted the challenge of U.S. baseball rather than go the Japanese route. So he was first identified in a tryout and then we just followed his progress through high school. SHANKS: So were other teams interested in him as well? DALE: Oh for sure. Not American teams. They wouldn't know about him unless you had a scout on the ground there. Yea the Japanese teams knew about him. He was one of the better players in the Osaka area in high school. He had a pretty good career at one of the bigger high schools there. People are aware of him...
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