NPB/KBO-MLB Posts

by DarkSide830 - 39 cards (Last updated on Jan 13, 2021)



1. 2000 Bowman #194 Alejandro Diaz


One of the first two players posted, (along with Timo Perez) Diaz was the first to be successfully transferred to a MLB team via the process. A former member of Hiroshima's Dominican Academy, Diaz agreed to a minor league contract and appeared in parts of five seasons at AA but never advanced beyond that level.


2. 2001 Topps #436 Timo Perez


Also posted by Hiroshima on the very same day, Perez instead resigned with Hiroshima the following day, nullifying the post. a rough final season with Hiroshima followed, but Perez managed to push his way to the Majors in 2000 following a minor league contract with the Mets and huge numbers for their AAA affiliate in Norfolk and carried his succes all the way though the NLCS, helping the Mets to a World Series berth. Outside of his early success, a strong 2002, and a WS title as a bench bat for Chicago in 2005 though, Perez's career was largely unremarkable.


3. 2001 Topps #726 Ichiro Suzuki


Already bound for Japan's Hall of Fame when he was posted prior to the 2001 season, Suzuki showed his NPB numbers would hold up (and more) in the MLB with MVP honors as a rookie and never looked back. Despite already being 27 when he debuted in the US, Suzuki managed 19 years stateside and cruised to 24th all time in hits, while his hits total between the NPB and the MLB stands above Pete Rose's MLB record.


4. 2002 Bowman #403 Kazuhisa Ishii


The first pitcher posted, Ishii never lived up to his billing, but still managed to provide the Dodgers with three years of steady backend starter work. After finishing 4th in the NL rookie of the year voting in 2002, Ishii turned in his best season in 2003 with a 3.86 ERA that ranked 3rd among LA's four dedicated starters.


5. 2002 BBM #181 Akinori Ohtsuka


One of the best backend relievers in the NPB since debuting with Kintetsu in 1997, Ohtsuka took his game to a new level with a 1.28 ERA in 2002 and then headed to the posting wire that December. However, he agreed to a deal with Chunichi instead.


6. 2004 Topps Traded & Rookies #T152 Ramon Ramirez


A wild ride brought Ramon Ramirez to the posting process and eventually the Majors. A former outfielder for Texas's DSL affiliate, Ramirez later joined Hiroshima's Dominican academy and eventually joined the parent club for two games in 2002. Posted that offseason, Ramon eventually agreed to a Minors contract with the Yankees, then was dealt to Colorado in 2005. Ramirez ultimately spent almost all of the 2006 season with the Rockies as one of their better setup men. After joining the Royals for the 2006 season, Ramon carved out a four year stretch during which he was at his best, posting a 2.77 ERA over 276 games.


7. 2004 Upper Deck Vintage #473 Akinori Otsuka


Otsuka jumped back into the mix for a move stateside after the 2003 season, and this time he found a match in San Diego. He payed immediate dividends, posting a 1.75 ERA and earning 3rd place honors in NL rookie of the year balloting as San Diego's premier relief weapon. (Trevor Hoffman included) Otsuka's numbers slipped in 2005 but were still good. That offseason, he was one of Texas's key returns or Adrian Gonzalez, and did not let the team down. Otsuka saved 32 games with a 2.11 ERA. He played his last games in the MLB in 2006, then resurfaced in Japan's independent Baseball Challenge League as a player-coach in 2012 before retiring in 2014.


8. 2005 Donruss Studio #7 Norihiro Nakamura


Probably the best way to describe this one was a complete and utter mess for everyone involved. Sorry Nori.


9. 2006 Choice Norfolk Tides #16 Yusaku Iriki


An injury in 2003 probably did Iriki in as far as his posting aspirations went, but he managed to latch on with the Mets after his release by Nippon soon after his posting. However, Iriki struggled in affiliated ball and never made it to the Majors.


10. 2005 BBM #2 Shinji Mori


Mori agreed with Tampa on a deal after his posting, but an injury in spring training off his rookie year saw him miss the entire season. He was then released prior to the 2007 campaign having not played a game for Tampa. He eventually returned to playing in 2009 as a player-coach in the Baseball Challenge League. Unfortunately, he died tragically of an infection at 42 in 2017.

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