Chicago Cubs lefty goes viral with hilarious story about his new locker nameplate

It seems we all need to start calling Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Shota Imanaga “Mike.”

Why, you ask? Because of a hilarious story that made the rounds on social media on Friday afternoon.

According to Cubs writer Andy Martinez:

There is a new name on Shota Imanaga’s locker in the clubhouse: “Mike Imanaga II”


Mike is his coffee name when he orders his cup of coffee because it is easier than Shota.

And the “II”?

“It just sounds cool.”

That's pretty good, and you can imagine how many signs saying “Mike” will be on the hill the next time Imanaga steps on the hill.

The 30-year-old is playing his first season in the U.S. after a solid career in Japan. He has a 6-1 record with a 1.96 ERA for the Cubs and is targeting an All-Star spot in the National League. He has started 12 games, striking out 72 batters in 69.0 innings. He has a WHIP of 1.029 and is a big reason why the Cubs are still in the playoff race at this point in the season.

The Cubs are back in action Friday afternoon when they face their division rival St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field. First pitch is at 2:20 p.m. ET. The Cubs are 33-36, while the Cardinals are 33-34.

Kyle Gibson pitches for St. Louis while Jordan Wicks pitches for Chicago. Gibson has a record of 4-2 with a 3.76 ERA after signing with the Cardinals in the offseason. Wicks, a soft-throwing left-hander, has a record of 1-2 with a 4.44 ERA.

Imanaga is next scheduled to pitch on Saturday afternoon at 2:20 p.m. ET.

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