Get ready for dingers as the Chiba Lotte Marines reportedly signed Wily Mo Pena
Sound the Klaxons! Ring the bells! Call your Mom and tell her the good news: Wily Mo Pena is back in baseball. The hulking slugger that can bash baseballs to the moon has reportedly signed a contract with the Chiba Lotte Marines.
After sitting out for all of 2016, Pena joined the Indians on a Minor League deal with a Spring Training invite at the suggestion of Edwin Encarnacion.
Though he showed that he can still hit balls into the stratosphere and parking lots, the Indians decided not to sign him. (Presumably to protect passing birds from being battered by dingers.)
Fortunately, Chiba Lotte -- who have the worst record in Nippon Professional Baseball -- have decided to address their run-scoring woes with the addition of Pena. Expected to wear No. 54, this will be the hitter's fourth Japanese team, having played for Softbank, Orix and Rakuten in the past.
It's a good year for slugging MLB ex-pats. Brad "Big Country" Eldred has 15 dingers, Jose Lopez leads the Central League with 45 RBIs and
Carlos Peguero hit one of the longest in-game homers ever (estimated 495 feet), and then tipped his cap to the Japanese crowd. pic.twitter.com/Tdf5n9uzi8— Joon Lee (@joonlee) June 2, 2017