Chicago Cubs: The Otani situation, and how the Cubs fit in

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TOKYO, JAPAN – NOVEMBER 19: Starting pitcher Shohei Otani (R)
TOKYO, JAPAN – NOVEMBER 19: Starting pitcher Shohei Otani (R) /

Twenty years from now, is Shohei Otani this generation’s Babe Ruth?  The cynic in me thinks that there’s no way he’s the next Babe Ruth.

I don’t know if this Otani experiment will even work.  Even a pitcher who can swing the bat such as Madison Bumgarner would be a sub-par everyday hitter.

I have so many questions about the whole thing.  What would the recovery times be like for Otani?  If he went to the NL would he be able to be an average outfielder?  How’s he going to adjust to the majors?

Shohei Otani will most likely be on a major league roster next season.  And I get that it’s a great story, I’m not trying to rain on your parade.

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But before we start proclaiming that he’s the next Babe Ruth, let’s see if he can transfer it to the big leagues.