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Okajima Signs with Softbank

by Patrick Newman (Mar 5, 2012)

I missed this when the news first broke last week, but Hideki Okajima is headed back to Japan, to play for the Softbank Hawks. Softbank officially introduced him in a press conference on March 6th (JST). Okajima brushed off the concerns about his shoulder that led to the termination of his minor league contract with the Yankees, saying "my personal training was okay." Okajima also added, "while I didn't think I would be able to play baseball this year, Softbank was the first team that I heard from. There is pressure, but I want to show off what I did in America."

Okajima has been a personal favorite of mine since his days with Yomiuri. Here's hoping he performs well with Softbank.


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