Yu Darvish’s social media prowess leads to great news for charities
It’s been a long time since we’ve seen Yu Darvish pitch in a meaningful game, but he’s clearly still on a hot streak.
After a monster second half of 2019 (2.76 ERA, 118 Ks and only 7 BBs), Darvish carried that into the offseason, where he was one of the best in the game at injecting humor and snark into his social media accounts.
That’s led to good news for charities as Darvish capitalized on his worldwide popularity, making more than $43,000 from his YouTube channel last November and donating it all, according to Japanese news outlet Nikkan Sports. Half went to a cancer research center and half went to Little Ones, a charity that supports single mothers in Japan.
Darvish said on his YouTube channel that he donated the money in honor of his brother-in-law Tokufu Yamamoto, who died of cancer in September 2018.
Darvish posts often on his YouTube channel, which has more than 487,000 subscribers.
That includes pitching mechanics/deliveries for his vast repertoire of pitches:
He also showed how he’s been working out during the Major League Baseball shutdown, an 11-minute video that has been viewed more than 263,000 times:
Whenever (if) baseball does return in 2020, Darvish will be in the running to take the ball in the first regular season game.