YAMATO SIGN THEIR AMERICAN HERO After a successful season in the Kansai Independent League, the Yamato Samurai Reds got the invitation to the biggest dance in town, the Nippon Professional Baseball League. Despite the great managing efforts of Sum Yung Gui, the owner Masaharu Hayashi wanted to bring some American flare along the lines of Bobby Valentine to his organization. In his introductory press conference, new General Manager Martin Webb flexed his baseball knowledge. "Jesus guys, slow down I can't understand a word you're saying." After a few questions were translated by his new assistant, Webb started making a little more sense than the previous mumbling he transmitted into the room. "Truth is, this team is old. These guys are talented, but if they can't make it on an American Double-A team, then I don't want them here very long. It'll be expensive, it will involve some training and rebuilding of our minor league strategies, but we'll do it." When asked about his team's expectations, he stated, "Every year we're going to try and win it all. We'll tinker, test and adjust to changes when necessary. Some might be Trial. Some might be Error. But I wouldn't be an arrogant American if I didn't say that I think we've got what it takes to compete at as high of a level as there is here in Japan." With a roster that can compete, but a minor league system that ranks last among it's league, it'll be interesting to see how the Reds can infuse young talent and refine it in enough time to replace some aging veterans scattered across the organization.