YakyuDB: How are you feeling? Have you had any physical problems?
Deunte Heath: I’m feeling good. No, I haven’t had any physical problems.
YakyuDB: Why do you want to play in Japan and what do you miss most?
DH: I would like to play in Japan again, because I like the way they respect the game and the way they prepare for a game. Every game feels like a climax series game. I miss the culture and the country itself. My daughter asks me once a week, “When are we going back to Japan.” LoL
YakyuDB: What were some of the challenges you had to overcome when you came to Japan the first time around? Do you feel you were able to overcome them all? Is there anything you would do differently if given another opportunity?
DH: The biggest challenge for me was the time difference. I was able to overcome it, it’s amazing how your body can adjust. I wouldn’t do anything differently, I take pride in my work ethic and the positive habits I have, and how I go about my business.
YakyuDB: In looking back at your time with Hiroshima, are you satisfied with the numbers you put up? Do you feel you could have done better?
DH: I felt like I put up good numbers, while with the Carp. Early in the season when I was closing, I felt there were times I tried to do too much. As the season continued, I was able to find my rhythm, perform well, and provide value to my team.
YakyuDB: Which stadium did you enjoy pitching in the most?
DH: The Hashin Tigers stadium is at the top of the list, but honestly I enjoyed every stadium.
YakyuDB: Which team had the most difficult line-up to navigate?
DH: It was good all around competition.
YakyuDB: If you had to pick a role, starter or reliever, which would it be and which do you think suits your personality?
DH: I just want to pitch, where ever the team needs me, bull pen or starter. I enjoy both roles and I’ve seen success in each.
YakyuDB: If a team wanted to contact you, what would be the best way? Would you be interested in playing for an independent league team in Japan? Or only the NPB?
DH: They can contact my agent, Alex Slaytery, or Justin Seurer, MLBPA Certified Agent. At this time I’m most interested in the NPB. (For more detailed contact information, please contact info at yakyudb.com.)
YakyuDB: Is there anything you’re working on right now?
DH: Right now I’m just taking it one pitch at a time, repeating my delivery and trying to get better everyday.
YakyuDB: Is there anything else you would like to add?
I’m currently playing for the Pericos de Puebla. My current stats as of May 31, 2016.
Max Velocity: 96mph
YakyuDB: Thank you for your time.
DH: Thank you for giving me an opportunity to do this interview.
Deunte Heath also sent along the following footage of him pitching.