Kodai Senga Rips Former Japanese Team: “I Didn’t Enjoy Baseball Anymore”

It seems that the newest Japanese pitching sensation wasn't too happy with how things went down his last few years with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks in the Nippon League. The New York Mets newest hurler posted a savage rant on social media about his time there, ripping the team for failing to make him available for the MLB much sooner than this year. Senga's tweets have since been deleted, but we have the translation. 

"I wanted to be posted for 5-6 years but they always made excuses not to talk with me. I was told I would never be posted no matter how good my stats were."

 "I was willing to set unrealistic criteria, like a sub-1 ERA or 8+ WAR, to earn my right to be posted. But time after time, I was never told why exactly they couldn't post me. I didn't really enjoy playing baseball anymore. Sorry if this seemed blunt, but it's how I felt."

Regardless of all this, Senga continued to give maximum effort, as evidenced by his career 2.59 ERA in 11 seasons with the Hawks, with a 1.11 WHIP, 10.3 K/9 and helping the team win six Japan Series titles.

"The only thing keeping me motivated," he continued, "was the support of the fans and my teammates. I'd like to clarify that I put in max effort and did everything in my power to win games. So I hope this proves just how much I care about my fans and teammates. Please keep supporting us!"

Certainly, Mets fans can expect that same type of effort and dedication in New York.

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