Top 10 MLB Players from Japan

50 years ago, on Sept. 1, 1964, Masanori Murakami became the first Japanese-born player to appear in the major leagues.  He pitched so well in his late-season callup that the San Francisco Giants fought bitterly to retain his services. The Nankei Hawks, his Japanese club, allowed him to stay with the Giants for one more season, during which he struck out 85 batters in 74 1/3 innings before deciding to return home. Nearly three decades passed before another Japanese pitcher came to the States.  Here are our all-time top 10 MLB players from Japan.


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