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New York Yankees Officially Introduce Masahiro Tanaka at Press Conference on Tuesday

February 11th, 2014 at 2:26 PM
By Doug Rush

The wait was finally over, as on Tuesday, media members from all over the world filed into Yankee Stadium to witness the New York Yankees formally introduce Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said that today was "Steinbrenner big" for his arrival to the team and also mentioned how the Yankees had scouted him since the 2007 season, which means their interest in him has been ongoing for several years.

After Cashman, it was Yankees manager Joe Girardi who then spoke and said that the biggest area the team needed to address was pitching and the starting rotation and Tanaka was the player the team coveted the most.

Girardi then called up Tanaka, where he was given his Yankee hat, his number 19 jersey and then greeted everyone in attendance by saying, "Hello, my name is Masahiro Tanaka and I am very happy to be a Yankee."

The Yankees signed Tanaka last month to a seven-year, $155 million deal, outbidding teams like the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs for his services. Tanaka will report down to Tampa for the start of spring training on Friday for the team, where he said he will introduce himself to his teammates for the first time.

Video credit: YES Network


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Tags: Baseball, Brian Cashman, Joe Girardi, Masahiro Tanaka, MLB, New York, New York Yankees

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