The Most Hyped Foreign Baseball Players From The Last 20 Years

Yu Darvish

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Yu Darvish’s arrival in the U.S. signals yet another instance of baseball insiders and fans either salivating over or doubting the talents of an incredibly hyped foreign star.The Texas Rangers certainly hope Darvish is worth the $100 million plus they paid to have him come stateside.

He could pan out like Ichiro or flame out like the last highly-priced Japanese pitcher to make the jump, Daisuke Matsuzaka.

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title=”Nicknamed “Godzilla” for belting more than 30 homers in seven consecutive seasons in Japan, Hideki Matsui arrived in New York and quickly showcased a major power outage with the Yankees. He hit 30 bombs his second year in pinstripes, but grounded into too many double plays to ever become a long ball threat.”
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title=”With Darvish off the market, 26-year-old Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is the talk of all MLB execs lately. The five-tool player is expected to garner interest from a bevy of teams and reach an asking price of at least $40 million.”
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