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Kosuke Fukudome returns to Japan

Jan 9, 2013, 4:20 PM EDT

fukudome running bases

Kosuke Fukudome has returned to Japan after five seasons in America, with Sponichi News reporting that he’s agreed to a three-year deal with the Hanshin Tigers.

Fukudome was largely viewed as a huge bust after leaving Japan in 2008 to sign a four-year, $48 million deal with the Cubs, but while he certainly wasn’t worth that investment he did prove to be a solid (if incredibly streaky) player with a .360 on-base percentage in 596 games.

He spent most of last season in the minors at age 35, so Fukudome was unlikely to get more than a minor-league deal if he remained in America.

  1. paperlions - Jan 9, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    Well, that’s it then. He’s never getting into the HOF.

    • tfbuckfutter - Jan 9, 2013 at 4:38 PM

      Yeah but if Yu Darvish gets a museum Kosuke may get a stadium named after him.

      Which actually works out really really well.

  2. cambodianbreastmilk - Jan 9, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    So glad the Padres didn’t sign this guy when he first came over, Towers was the GM, and they were rumored to be locking him up.

  3. Minoring In Baseball - Jan 10, 2013 at 4:39 AM

    Maybe Hanshin will build a new stadium now. Call it the Fuku Dome.

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