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Japanese Center Fielders

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Japanese Center Fielders
The center field crop in the MLB free agent market is awful this year. Are there any Japanese center fielders who look like they could come over to the MLB and be good players? Can Fukudome play a quality defensive center field, or is he strickly a corner outfielder?
Re: Japanese Center Fielders
[ Author: BigManZam | Posted: Oct 15, 2005 11:27 PM | CLM Fan ]

I think Aoki, Tamura, Akahoshi, Yoshinobu Takahashi, and Fukudome could all play in the majors. The Pacific League is kind of weak in the center field position. I want to say that Saburo could play, but he's only just begun playing like an all-star in the second half of the season. Hopefully he'll get an entire season next year. Also, Shinjo is just fine in Japan, but I don't think he could go back to the North America and be successful. He needs the attention of the fans to succeed, much like Kaz Matsui.
Re: Japanese Center Fielders
[ Author: Guest: John Brooks | Posted: Oct 16, 2005 4:01 AM ]

- [Shinjo] needs the attention of the fans to succeed

Shinjo always had the attention of Mets fans and was always a fan favorite of them. Shinjo was one of the most popular Mets in his two stints with them.

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