by Tom Swift

“As a manager, [Japanese pitcher/slugger Shohei Ohtani’s departure to the majors], it’s going to hurt the team,” says [Nippon Ham Fighters’ Hideki] Kuriyama. “But I want him to succeed.” Then he adds this advice to the next manager who will oversee Ohtani: “Please trust him all the way through.”

-Jon Wertheim, “Showei Ohtani — Japan’s Babe Ruth — Is About to Change the Face of Baseball,” Sports Illustrated, 4-6-2017