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Nakajima cheers on teammates.
On the slide prior, I provided a link to Jeff Sullivan's take from FanGraphs.com. I also mentioned he has been compared to Hideki Matsui. Hideki was a career .282 hitter, but that number is somewhat skewed because, after turning 35, his stats began to dip considerably.
Matsui arrived on the MLB scene at 29 years old. He hit .287 and finished second in Rookie of the Year voting. At 30, he hit .298.
Hiroyuki Nakajima enters the league at 30 years old and with comparisons to a guy nicknamed Godzilla. If the comparison yields true, Nakajima should do very well for himself.
But what about other foreign, first-year players?
Point to Tsuyoshi Nishioka who tanked, and I will give you a former Rookie of the Year in Ichiro Suzuki. Both of these men came over at a younger age by the way.
Look at guys more in the middle. There's Norichika Aoki who hit .288 in his first year, placing fifth in ROY voting. Or there's Yoenis Cespedes (not all comparisons have to be Japanese player to Japanese player). He hit .292 and finished second to Mike Trout.
Cespedes placed second, Aoki fifth, Matsui second and Ichiro first.
It's doable. Oh yes, it's very doable.
He may not have played in Major League Baseball, but Nakajima is accustomed to bigger games beyond what he's experienced with the Seibu Lions. It's worth noting Hiro has played for Team Japan in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and in the 2009 World Baseball Classic in which Japan won.