Ace Tanaka latest from Land of the Rising Sun to join majors
Masahiro Tanaka — SP
The 25-year-old right-hander, who went 24-0 in the Nippon Professional Baseball League last season, is coming to the big leagues after reaching a seven-year, $155 million deal with the New York Yankees. He might be the most-hyped player to come from Japan, but he's definitely not the first. Here's a list of some of the best Japanese-born major league ballplayers.
1999-'01 (Indians), '02-'04 (Dodgers), '04 (Red Sox), '05-'06 (Padres), '07-'08 (Giants): .266, 437 R, 23 HR, 213 RBI, 243 SB ... and yes, the secret weapon behind Boston's rally vs. the Yankees' in the 2004 ALCS was born in Naha, Okinawa, Japan in 1972.