Learn about the new Chicago Cubs outfielder – The Mercury News

Seiya Suzuki was one of the top free agents in the market.

His 5-year, $85 million deal For a Japanese position player with the Chicago Cubs is the biggest in Major League Baseball history and surpasses only pitcher Masahiro Tanaka’s seven-year, $155 million contract with the New York Yankees in 2014.

Suzuki, 27, a right-hander, starred in Nippon Professional Baseball, hitting .309 with a .402 on-base percentage and .943 OPS in nine seasons with the Hiroshima Carp. He posted a whopping .433 OBP in 132 games (533 plate appearances) last season, slowing down 38 home runs and 26 doubles.

Get to know the new Cubs outfielder whose first name is “Sae-Yah”.

How the Cubs Landed Seiya Suzuki: Team Pitch in LA, Secret Wrigley Field Tour and a Connection with Yu Darvish

The Cubs waited 99 days for the lockdown to end to present their case to Seiya Suzuki about why she should pick up the Cubs. The Cubs achieved their star goal after a five-day stretch last week, giving Suzuki the biggest contract for a Japanese position player in baseball history.

“We did a five-year deal for a reason. It’s an investment in them and their future,” said Jed Hoyer, president of baseball operations. “If there are some growing pains or some assimilation challenges, that’s fine for us. Because we believe that once they get used to it, we are really excited about what we will get. We have to have some patience.”

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Kosuke Fukudome – still playing in Japan at 44 – says Cubs fans would love to see ‘Seiya Suzuki’

If anyone understands what awaits Japanese star Seiya Suzuki at Wrigley Field, it is his countryman, Kosuke Fukudome.

Fourteen years after becoming the first Japanese player to play for the Fukudome Cubs, the 44-year-old’s career in Nippon Professional Baseball continues, now playing for the Chunichi Dragons.

His fond memories of Chicago have not diminished in the years since his return to Japan. Fukudome spoke to the Tribune with Japanese reporter Naoko Sato who was acting as an interpreter.

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Seiya Suzuki shows humor and dedication on her Cubs’ spring debut: ‘He’s not afraid of a challenge’

A golf cart hit the entrance to the Cubs clubhouse, making a way for the premises’ indoor batting cages.

Seiya Suzuki completed three innings in his first spring game in front of a crowd of 10,595 at Sloan Park. His first two plate appearances weren’t exactly memorable: two strikeouts were visible, including some boundary line calls.

Suzuki, accompanied by assistant hitting coach Johnny Washington and interpreter Toy Matsushita in the golf cart, then headed for the cages. His post-game media session will have to wait.

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Mike Trout’s influence on Cubs Siya Suzuki goes beyond that viral moment: ‘You know you’re making an impact’

A shy smile appeared on Siya Suzuki’s face as she mentioned her viral moment.

During his introduction as the Cubs’ new right fielder, Suzuki expressed his admiration for Angels superstar outfielder Mike Trout. When asked why he chose to wear number 27, Suzuki answered in English: “I love you, Mike Trout.”

When discussing the topic after a workout at Sloan Park, Suzuki couldn’t help but momentarily cover her face with her hands, a slight grin still peeping through.

“I don’t like to trend too much,” Suzuki told the Tribune via interpreter Toy Matsushita. “I don’t like being famous.”

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Seiya Suzuki ends a Spring 0-fer with home run in front of Cubs fans: ‘It felt really cool’

Seiya Suzuki’s final at-bat became his most memorable of the spring.

Suzuki was 0-for-8 when he stepped up to the plate in the fourth inning against left-hander Marco Gonzales of the Seattle Mariners. He ended the stretch quickly without a hit, although it was not a good start for the batting.

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Seiya Suzuki’s plate discipline sets up success in Cubs win on day one

Seiya Suzuki thought he would be nervous about making his major-league debut, but the Japanese star didn’t say, “It was really fun.”

“In all my bats I was able to be myself and enjoy the game today,” Suzuki said through interpreter Toy Matsushita.

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