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The next Shohei Ohtani is already waiting in the wings

The next Shohei Ohtani is already waiting in the wings

The process figures to be repeated next winter, if not the next: another hard-throwing pitcher from Japan becoming available and the Dodgers scrambling to sign him.

Only next time, the Dodgers will have to spend less time educating their target about what they’re about. Yusei Kikuchi already knows.

Kikuchi, a left-hander with the Seibu Lions, watches the Dodgers on television every five days — whenever Clayton Kershaw starts.

“He’s the pitcher I like the most,” Kikuchi said in Japanese.

Maybe Kikuchi’s affinity for Kershaw and the Dodgers is significant, maybe it isn’t; but after Shohei Ohtani signed with the Angels for reasons that remain a mystery, Andrew...

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