Written by admin on July 12, 2013
The dream of every little boy is to make it to the major leagues. Players from Latin America and Cuba along with North American players sought to make their mark on the American National Pastime. Over the past decade plus, Major League Baseball has seen an influx of players from Japan, players who have seen success as well as failure. The most popular and successful player that has made the transition is New York Yankees’ outfielder Ichiro Suzuki. The longtime Seattle Mariner made an immediate impact during his rookie season of 2001, winning the AL MVP, Rookie of the Year, and the batting title, while the Mariners won a record 116 regular season games. He is on schedule to reach the exclusive 3,000 hit club within a couple more seasons. A player that failed, was former Yankee and Expo, Hideki Irabu. Billed as the Japanese Nolan Ryan, he was the much maligned target of owner George Steinbrenner. Irabu was a member of a couple championship teams, but never sustained the success he had in Japan. Within a few years, more details, he was out of baseball, deemed a failure. During 2012, Irabu dealing with personal problems, tragically ended his own life.
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