ARLINGTON, Texas — Yu Darvish has been formally introduced by the Texas Rangers.
In a Friday night news conference at Rangers Ballpark, which was broadcast live in Darvish's homeland in Japan where it was Saturday morning, the 25-year-old right-hander was presented his No. 11 Texas jersey.
Darvish says the Rangers made him feel like family when he made his first visit to Texas two weeks ago. He says their passion made him feel strongly toward the team.
Rangers general manager Jon Daniels says while the two-time defending American League champions have had a lot of big moments on the field, there haven't been many bigger off-the-field moments in team history than the signing of Darvish.
The introduction came two days after Darvish and the Rangers agreed to a six-year contract.