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Video: History of Japanese players in MLB

Ichiro Suzuki of the Yankees salutes the crowd

(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.

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New posting system deal could spell trouble for Yankees pursuit of Masahiro Tanaka

Japan's Masahiro Tanaka throws against the Netherlands in

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Is Masahiro Tanaka slipping away from the Yankees?

The Japanese righthander, considered to be the best foreign player eligible to make the leap to MLB this offseason, is widely known to be a top target of the pitching-needy Yankees. But a new structure in the way Japanese players are posted to Major League teams could considerably dim the Yankees chances to land him.

Negotiations to...

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