Creating Masahiro Tanaka's Checklist for a Perfect Spring Training

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Creating Masahiro Tanaka's Checklist for a Perfect Spring Training
Charlie Neibergall/Associated Press

In case you haven't heard, New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka is a big deal right now.

When the Yankees agreed to pay $175 million—including a $20 million posting feefor a pitcher with zero innings of experience in Major League Baseball, Tanaka became an instant rock star. Teams make mistakes in free agency on a yearly basis, but the Yankees had to think very, very highly of Tanaka to pay him like one of the best pitchers in the sport.

As the 25-year-old Japanese sensation traverses through his first spring training in America, a blueprint is needed to ensure success for his first regular season in New York.

The following is a checklist for Masahiro Tanaka's perfect spring training. If all criteria is met by the end of March, Yankees fans should be very excited for their newest star.

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