Japanese Rookies

by EbeSPN - 39 cards (Last updated on Sep. 26, 2016)

31. 2011 Topps #501 Tsuyoshi Nishioka

December 16, 2010: Purchased by the Minnesota Twins from Chiba Lotte Marines (Japan Pacific).

32. 2012 Topps Chrome #185 Tsuyoshi Wada

December 14, 2011: Signed as a Free Agent with the Baltimore Orioles.

33. 2012 Topps #484 Hisashi Iwakuma

January 5, 2012: Signed as a Free Agent with the Seattle Mariners.

34. 2014 Topps Heritage #312 Munenori Kawasaki

January 11, 2012: Signed as a Free Agent with the Seattle Mariners.

35. 2012 Topps #507 Norichika Aoki

January 17, 2012: Purchased by the Milwaukee Brewers from Yakult Swallows (Japan Central).

36. 2012 Topps #660 Yu Darvish

January 18, 2012: Purchased by the Texas Rangers from Nippon Ham Fighters (Japan Pacific).

37. 2013 Topps Update #US56 Kyuji Fujikawa

December 7, 2012: Signed as a Free Agent with the Chicago Cubs.

38. 2014 Topps #661 Masahiro Tanaka

January 22, 2014: Signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.

39. 2016 Topps #429 Kenta Maeda

January 7, 2016: Signed as a Free Agent with the Los Angeles Dodgers.



Mar. 24, 2016 - 1:20AM

Mac Suzuki is 1995 for his rookie.

Sep. 27, 2016 - 3:28PM

Interesting list. Once I saw the first card from 1965, I was pretty sure that Masanori Murakami had to be the first Japanese player to play with a Major League Baseball team. I looked that up, and found out that he was.

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