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Phil Dale Interview

The Braves made several splashes in the International market this winter with some bold signings. BravesCenter's Bill Shanks talked recently with Phil Dale, the Braves' Eastern Rim Coordinator, about the signings and the task he has at finding talent overseas.

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...

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