Mar 12

Ichiro ‘can’t wait’ to hit against Shohei Ohtani

Ichiro Suzuki, the 44-year-old baseball legend, is back with the Seattle Mariners and in the same division with 23-year-old Japanese phenom P/DH Shohei Ohtani of the Angels.

“I can’t wait to hit off him when he pitches,’’ Ichiro said during his introductory press conference Wednesday. “And when he hits, I’d like to pitch against him.’’

A couple hours after Wednesday’s workout — yes, it was still raining — the Angels held Ohtani’s first press conference of the spring in the Kachina Conference Center, at the Marriott Buttes Resort that overlooks the spring complex. Almost 25 minutes into the event, Scioscia’s comments about pitching being a priority were mentioned, and Ohtani was asked for his thoughts on the subject.

His answer, though interpreter Ippei Mizuhara: “First of all, he always tells me that he wants me to enjoy the game. That’s the first thing he wants me to think about. Of course, after every day of training, we talk, we communicate, we see if we need to adjust, add more or take some away. So we will be communicating, and he is willing to listen to what I have to say, and I will have some input in my role.”

Almost half of the players on the New England Patriots’ first three Super Bowl championship teams claim?they?have symptoms of brain injuries, according to a? Boston Globe report .

More than 15,000 former NFL players have filed for benefits under a $1 billion settlement reached?in a class-action suit against the NFL. Co-defendant?Riddell, which manufactured helmets used in the league between 1989 and 2014, was not part of the 2015 settlement and continues to contest the suit.

The Globe found that, from?those Patriots teams that won Super Bowls in 2002, 2004 and 2005, 42 of the roughly 100 players claim to have suffered?brain-injury symptoms?caused by repetitive blows to the head in games and practices.

Among those players were defensive backs?Lawyer Milloy and Randall Gay.?The 35-year-old Gay, who is now an attorney, told the Globe he believes football-related injuries have led to depression issues.

Translation: “I gotta figure out who’s who on this squad.”
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