Ichiro Suzuki is retired and he’s 46 years-old. But the amateur team consisting of high school teachers he faced over the weekend was no match for the future Hall of Famer.
Kyodo News reports that Ichiro, who pitched and hit, struck out 16 batters and tossed 131 pitches en route to a six-hit complete game shutout. He also went 3-for-4 with a walk. When asked about his performance he said “it was a blast,” and reported no issues with his elbow or shoulder. You know, in case the Mets or someone are looking for a reliever.
The game, which like everything else involving Ichiro, had a heavy media presence despite its non-existence stakes. But thankfully that also means we have some video of it:
Godley, 30, was with the Tigers on a minor league contract but the club released him in early April. The right-hander pitched for the Diamondbacks and Blue Jays last season, amassing 92 innings with a 5.97 ERA and a 70/42 K/BB ratio. Godley was quite solid for the D-Backs in 2017, posting a 3.37 ERA over 155 innings, so the Red Sox are hoping to see that version of him.
The Red Sox need starting pitching depth with Chris Sale out for the year due to Tommy John surgery and Eduardo Rodríguez sidelined because of a positive COVID-19 test. Collin McHugh is also still on the mend from an elbow injury. The starting rotation at the moment includes Nathan Eovaldi, Martín Pérez, Ryan Weber, and Brian Johnson. It is certainly the club’s biggest weakness.
The Red Sox open up the 2020 regular season at home against the Orioles on July 24. Eovaldi would seem to be the one to get the Opening Day nod. Godley could slot in anywhere else in the rotation, from No. 2 to 5.