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The Wei-Yin Chen appreciation thread


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Now that Wei-Yin has officially moved on, I'd like to express my appreciation for his contributions to the Orioles.

I still remember the first time I heard his name. Buck was attending a dinner in Delmarva or somewhere like that, during the period after MacPhail had resigned and before Duquette was hired. He mentioned that the Orioles' scouting staff had their eye on a guy named Wei-Yin Chen in the Japanese league. At the time, Darvish was getting a ton of press and folks were anticipating that some team would pay the largest posting fee ever to obtain him. Chen was just some afterthought nobody was paying any attention to.

Duquette came in and signed him for 3/$10.9 mm with a $4.75 mm option and a $400 k buyout -- and what a steal that turned out to be! Fangraphs values Chen's four years with the Birds at a cool $70.3 mm. All told, Chen went 46-32 with a 3.72 ERA in 117 starts. He was our most consistent starter over the last four years. I always felt when he was on the mound, we had a solid chance to win, a feeling that is borne out by his record.

I'm sorry that Chen has moved on, and wish him the best of luck in Miami.

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I liked that he owned up when he struggled, as opposed to guys who always had an excuse ready.

That's because he didn't have to worry about his season becoming a disaster because he had the most talent. It's easier to shrug off things when you're very good at baseball.

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That's because he didn't have to worry about his season becoming a disaster because he had the most talent. It's easier to shrug off things when you're very good at baseball.

I would prefer to think that it was because of who he was as a person. (or the great job his translator did)

Some folks look for excuses and some don't.

I'd rather root for the latter.

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