Well, he always said he would probably go back. Most figured it wouldn’t be doing so at age 40, but then Hiroki Kuroda always did do things his own way.
But all reports now have Kuroda returning to Japan next season to finish his career where it started, with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp.
It began in the majors with the Dodgers in 2008 when he showed up as a 33-year-old right-hander who spoke no English and still managed to endear himself to the fans of Los Angeles.
You look at the numbers from his four-year career with the Dodgers (41-46, 3.45 ERA, 1.12 WHIP), maybe think “nice enough pitcher” and sort of dismiss him, but that would hardly be fair. A...