Twins SP Kenta Maeda's Home Target of Attempted Burglary in Los Angeles Area

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistMarch 9, 2021

Minnesota Twins pitcher Kenta Maeda of Japan throws against the Detroit Tigers in the third inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
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Police have launched an investigation after three people smashed windows at the home of Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Kenta Maeda near Los Angeles before being scared off by the house's alarm system.

TMZ Sports reported Tuesday the alarms alerted police of the attempted burglary at 7:19 p.m. local time Sunday night. It appears no one was home at the time of the incident.

Maeda opened his MLB career with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2016 after eight seasons with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp in his native Japan. He joined the Twins in a February 2020 trade from L.A.

The 32-year-old right-hander is currently with Minnesota at the club's spring training complex in Fort Myers, Florida. He made his spring debut Thursday with two scoreless innings against the Tampa Bay Rays.

There was a large string of burglaries targeting athletes, including Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Robert Woods and former Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig, and other celebrities in 2017 and 2018.

Richard Winton of the Los Angeles Times reported local authorities arrested 13 alleged gang members in connection to those heists, and noted they would often review sports schedules and social media posts as they "deliberately targeted athletes" during times they most likely wouldn't be home.

Maeda was terrific for the Twins during the coronavirus-shortened 2020 season. He posted a 2.70 ERA and a microscopic 0.75 WHIP with 80 strikeouts in 66.2 innings across 11 starts. He finished second in American League Cy Young Award voting behind only Cleveland's Shane Bieber.

Minnesota could have one of the AL's deepest rotations in 2021 with Maeda joined by Jose Berrios, Michael Pineda, J.A. Happ and Matt Shoemaker or Lewis Thorpe.