MASAHIRO TANAKA: ONE OF THE GREATEST JAPANESE PITCHERS OF ALL TIME
Baseball is one of the most popular sports in Japan in terms of both participation and spectatorship. This game is widely played in Japan by boys of all ages, from primary school, to the university level. The country has many leagues including minor, semi-pro, and university. These leagues feed players into many different professional teams across the world. There are a number of Japanese baseball players doing extremely well in Major League Baseball (MLB), which is regarded as the leading major professional league across the world.
There are many Japanese-born players including, but not limited to, Norichika Aoki, Jim Bowie, Ryota Igarashi, Kazuhisa Ishii, Kenta Maeda, Kensuke Tanaka, Tsuyoshi Wada, Masahiro Tanaka, Hiroki Kuroda, and many others who have done great things in the MLB. These Japanese-born baseball players are popular all over the world and they contributed a lot to their country’s sport. Masahiro Tanaka is considered as one of the most talented players in MLB. Before coming to the USA, he played for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles in Nippon Professional Baseball's (NPB) Pacific League from 2007 to 2013.
Masahiro Tanaka made his Major League debut in 2014 after he signed a seven-year contract with the New York Yankees. Within the short span of time, he became one of the most beloved players on the team. In his first three MLB games, he recoded 28 strikeouts, breaking a Yankees franchise record previously held by Al Leiter (25 K). With an excellent pithing technique, Masahiro Tanaka became the first Yankees rookie to win 12 games before the All-Star break and was selected to the Major League Baseball All-Star Game as a reserve for The American League.
Masahiro Tanaka has amassed a huge followership across the world. Japanese fans appreciate the way he deals with his emotions. All of his fans love him and cherish his game. There are millions of followers who collect memorabilia items autographed by Masahiro Tanaka. They not only collect them, but also preserve and consider them as some of their most valuable belongings.
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