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 Posted: Mon Dec 10th, 2007 12:00 am
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Oh boy. Someone with a name that reads rather easily as "fuk-u-do-me" is coming our way.
 
According to Associated Press

Japanese free-agent Kosuke Fukudome has decided not to move to the Yomiuri Giants and will sign with a major league team instead, the Nikkansports newspaper reported Sunday.
Fukudome had previously indicated the Giants would be the only Japanese team he would consider playing for next season, but has now ruled them out, opening the way for a move to the major leagues. Fukudome has drawn interest from the Chicago Cubs, the San Diego Padres and the Chicago White Sox.
The 30-year-old Fukudome is regarded as one of the best outfielders in Japanese professional baseball. He was a key member of the Japan team that won the inaugural World Baseball Classic in March 2006.
He had surgery on his right elbow in August and sat out the Japan Series, but has 192 homers and a .305 batting average over nine seasons with the Chunichi Dragons, who won their first championship in 53 years on Nov. 2.

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 Posted: Mon Dec 10th, 2007 12:03 am
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beejmi wrote: Oh boy. Someone with a name that reads rather easily as "fuk-u-do-me" is coming our way.
 
According to Associated Press

Japanese free-agent Kosuke Fukudome has decided not to move to the Yomiuri Giants and will sign with a major league team instead, the Nikkansports newspaper reported Sunday.
Fukudome had previously indicated the Giants would be the only Japanese team he would consider playing for next season, but has now ruled them out, opening the way for a move to the major leagues. Fukudome has drawn interest from the Chicago Cubs, the San Diego Padres and the Chicago White Sox.
The 30-year-old Fukudome is regarded as one of the best outfielders in Japanese professional baseball. He was a key member of the Japan team that won the inaugural World Baseball Classic in March 2006.
He had surgery on his right elbow in August and sat out the Japan Series, but has 192 homers and a .305 batting average over nine seasons with the Chunichi Dragons, who won their first championship in 53 years on Nov. 2.


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 Posted: Mon Dec 10th, 2007 05:04 pm
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To help out the uninitiated, COTS-kay FOO-KOO-doe-may.  Call him "Koz" for short.

Nice player, plays a little third too, though he had some trouble with the glove here and there.  A's were talking about him VERY briefly when they were trying to figure out if Chavez would be okay.  Out of the talks now since Bonds is back on the table and Chavez will be ready for ST.

Fukudome should be an impact guy for someone though.  Certainly best suited for RF though.

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 Posted: Mon Dec 10th, 2007 05:30 pm
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You just know some sports announcer
will mispronouce the name & blurt out
what Beejmi wrote.

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 Posted: Mon Dec 10th, 2007 06:00 pm
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This had been rumored since last summer, I also heard the S.F. Giants were interested but I question that because he is only THIRTY, and they dont like wasting thier time with young players....

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