Red Stripe wrote:OK, I've never seen the guy play but I really think these Japanese hitters are getting very overrated. I mean Ichiro comes over here and is a huge success so I think that prompted some people to believe hitters over there were great or something. The only other player since him to become a top hitter in the MLB for a good deal of time was Hideki Matsui. Most of them seem to fade out(remember Shinjo) or just plain suck(Kaz). Iguchi has been pretty good though except he's nowhere near being a top caliber player. I just don't think he'll do well considering he isn't getting anywhere near as much hype as Hideki and Ichiro were getting.
Jojhima isn't getting as much hype because Ichiro and HMatsui were the class of Japan. This doesn't mean Jojhima will bomb. 275 15 hrs 70 rbis are certaintly reachable. Shinjo stunk because he was a career .249 hitter in Japan. Jojhima i believe was .299. He won't be a top 5 C, but he could crack the top 10. The language thing is overrated. Put down signs with fingers. Ichiro is helping him communicate. I don't think he will tire either, as he will be in the 130-140 game range.