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Japanese Players Moving to MLB

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Japanese Players Moving to MLB
I've posted a series of articles about Japanese players moving to MLB, and how to "normalize" their statistics, for those who are interested in that. [Link -]
Re: Japanese Players Moving to MLB
[ Author: Guest: Cal Baseball | Posted: Dec 21, 2007 3:57 PM ]

From an MLB fan prospective;

Are there any more position players of MLB caliber, or better yet, of super-star caliber? Is Fukudome the last of the original crop? Seems there are still many pitchers to look forward to in the next decade; Yu Darvish, etc. Are there any more Matsui/Ichiro types or will we need to wait for the next generation, like Sho Nakata, to blossom before we see another hitter cross over to MLB?

Will a guy like Aoki translate at the Major League level?
Re: Japanese Players Moving to MLB
[ Author: Guest: Cal Baseball | Posted: Dec 30, 2007 3:35 PM ]

There was a recent write-up on potential MLB players from Japan by Yahoo Sports (for fantasy owners).

The author suggests that Aoki could be more of a utility type player in MLB:
Unfortunately for fantasy owners, Aoki still has several years of service left to the Swallows before he's likely to be posted. There's concern that he won't hit for the average necessary to make him an effective MLB player; he could end up more a .270/.280 utility-type in the States.

This is a site about Pro Yakyu (Japanese Baseball), not about who the next player to go over to MLB is. It's a community of Pro Yakyu fans who have come together to share their knowledge and opinions with the world. It's a place to follow teams and individuals playing baseball in Japan (and Asia), and to learn about Japanese (and Asian) culture through baseball.

It is my sincere hope that once you learn a bit about what we're about here that you will join the community of contributors.

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