Let’s watch Ichiro pitch

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I’m sure this video had to have circulated before now, but I’ve never seen in it. Via the MLB Fan Cave page, it’s Ichiro pitching in the 1996 NPB All-Star Game.

He hits 90 in warmups and pushes it in the game action, which starts at 2:40 in the video.  Admit it: your team has had guys who look worse than this in the pen in the past couple of years.

Mets claim Sam Coonrod off waivers from Phillies

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NEW YORK — The active New York Mets added another newcomer to their bullpen mix when they claimed reliever Sam Coonrod off waivers from the NL East rival Philadelphia Phillies.

Coonrod had a 7.82 ERA in 12 appearances covering 12 2/3 innings last year for the National League champions. The right-hander is 7-5 with a 5.27 ERA and five saves in 105 games over four major league seasons with San Francisco and Philadelphia. He has struck out 95 and walked 44 in 97 1/3 innings.

The 30-year-old Coonrod was designated for assignment by the Phillies last week when they signed free agent infielder Josh Harrison.

To make room on the 40-man roster, outfielder Khalil Lee was designated for assignment by the Mets.