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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Brewers sign Japanese slugger Norichika Aok

This “slugger” hit four home runs and slugged .360 in 643 PAs. In Japan.

The Milwaukee Brewers have signed three-time year contract with a club option for 2014.

The Brewers won the negotiating rights to Aoki on December 19.
The 30-year-old Aoki has played his entire eight-year professional career with the Tokyo Yakult Swallows, batting .329 with 84 HR, 385 RBI and 164 stolen bases in 985 games.

The Central League batting champion in 2005 (.344), 2007 (.346) and 2010 (.358), Aoki won the CL Rookie of the Year award in 2005. He is also a six- time Golden Glove Award winner.


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 17, 2012 at 07:11 PM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. vortex of dissipation Posted: January 18, 2012 at 01:59 AM (#4039123)
Well, he's not a slugger, more of a very good hitter for average, as a .329 career BA attests. But in the five seasons prior to 2011, he averaged 15.4 HR and slugged .484. Japan was in a deadball era in 2011; the Central League as a whole hit only .242 and slugged .340. Aoki's .292 was seventh in the league last season (there were only four .300 hitters in the CL), and he led the league in runs scored, and was second in hits.
   2. UCCF Posted: January 18, 2012 at 02:09 AM (#4039127)
I assume this will work out A-OK.
   3. Jay Z Posted: January 18, 2012 at 02:15 AM (#4039131)
This guy has 6 GGs? The Brewers only have 9 in their history, none since 1982.
   4. Greg K Posted: January 18, 2012 at 03:43 AM (#4039147)
In a differen world Geoff Jenkins could have won a few.
   5. LionoftheSenate (Brewers v A's World Series) Posted: January 18, 2012 at 03:59 AM (#4039151)
I thought Gerald Williams was GG worthy one season in the mid 90s.

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