Japanese players in the majors

Originally Published: February 26, 2007
ESPN.com

Four more Japanese players will be making their major league debuts in 2007. Here's the complete list of Japanese players who have made the transition to Major League Baseball (bold players are still playing in MLB):

From Japan to the majors
DEBUT PLAYER POS TEAM(S)
2007 Kei Igawa LHP NY Yankees
  Akinori Iwamura 3B Tampa Bay
  Daisuke Matsuzaka RHP Boston
  Hideki Okajima LHP Boston
2006 Kenji Johjima C Seattle '06-07
  Takashi Saito RHP LA Dodgers '06-07
2005 Tadahito Iguchi 2B Chicago (AL) '05-07
Norihiro Nakamura 3B LA Dodgers '05
Keiichi Yabu RHP Oakland '05
2004 Kazuo Matsui 2B/SS NY Mets '04-06; Colorado '06-07
Akinori Otsuka RHP San Diego '04-05; Texas '06-07
Kazuhito Tadano RHP Cleveland '04-05
Shingo Takatsu RHP Chicago (AL) '04-05; NY Mets '05
2003 Hideki Matsui OF NY Yankees '03-07
Mike Nakamura RHP Minnesota '03; Toronto '04
2002 Kazuhisa Ishii LHP LA Dodgers '02-04; NY Mets '05
Satoru Komiyama RHP NY Mets '02
Takahito Nomura LHP Milwaukee '02
So Taguchi OF St. Louis '02-07
2001 Tsuyoshi Shinjo OF NY Mets '01, '03; San Francisco '02
Ichiro Suzuki OF Seattle '01-07
2000 Kazuhiro Sasaki RHP Seattle '00-03
1999 Masao Kida RHP Detroit '99-00; LA Dodgers '03-04; Seattle '04-05
Tomo Ohka RHP Boston '99-01; Montreal '01-04; Washington '05; Milwaukee '05-06; Toronto '07
1998 Masato Yoshii RHP NY Mets '98-99; Colorado '00; Montreal '01-02
1997 Shigetoshi Hasegawa RHP Anaheim '97-01; Seattle '02-05
Takashi Kashiwada LHP NY Mets '97
Hideki Irabu RHP NY Yankees '97-99; Montreal '00-01; Texas '02
1996 Mac Suzuki RHP Seattle '96, '98-99; Kansas City '99-01, '02; Colorado '01; Milwaukee '01
1995 Hideo Nomo RHP LA Dodgers '95-98, '02-04; NY Mets '98; Milwaukee '99; Detroit '00; Boston '01; Tampa Bay '05
1964 Masanori Murakami LHP San Francisco '64-65