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Baseball Players Who Played in the US, Canada and Japan (Professionally)

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A Q to you all: How many baseball players have played for teams based in the USA, Canada and Japan? :D Let's see what we got.

 

EDIT: To clarify, I mean PROFESSIONALLY, as in both MLB and NPB.

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Warren Cromartie and Orlando Merced are two I can think of.

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Willie Upshaw
Tony Batista
Randy Ruiz
Frank Bolick

 

Plus a number of Japanese-born players like Ryota Igarashi, Menenori Kawasaki, Micheal Nakamura, and Toma Ohka. 

Hyun-jin Ryu has achieved an equivalent feat, having played for the Hanwha Eagles (South Korea), the Los Angeles Dodgers (USA), and the Toronto Blue Jays (Canada).

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Ben Oglivie had a stint in Japan after leaving Milwaukee, becoming one of NPB's biggest power hitters in the late 80s.

He never played pro ball for a Canadian team, but with the Brewers and Blue Jays in the same division, he played his share of games north of the border.

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Rob Ducey played in all 3, including both Canadian MLB teams.

 

Way to go Rob!

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Randy Bass, who holds the Japanese record for the highest batting average in a season at .396, and who one year hit 54 home runs, challenging Sadaharu Oh's then-single-season record of 55.  However, in the last game of the 1985 season, Bass's Hanshin Tigers were playing the Tokyo Yomiuri Giants, the team for which Oh had played and which he was then managing.  And the Giants walked Bass intentionally every time up.  Oh's record would eventually be tied and then surpassed by other foriegn players.

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