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Video: History of Japanese players in MLB

Ichiro Suzuki of the Yankees salutes the crowd

Ichiro Suzuki of the Yankees salutes the crowd after his first-inning base hit, his 4,000th as a professional, during a game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. (Aug. 21, 2013) (Credit: Jim McIsaac)

This one is probably not a coincidence.

The MLB Productions crew put together a video showing the history of Japanese players in the major leagues...

That just happened to be released on the same day highly-sought-after righthander Masahiro Tanaka signed a seven-year, $155 million deal with the Yankees.

(App users can watch the video here: http://atmlb.com/1mH7Rh6)

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