On the strength of his resume there, Mikolas returned to the Majors for the '18 season with the Cardinals, signing a two-year deal.
Earliest no-hitter in a season among all the no-hitters in currently used ballparks.
But he arrived in Japan to play for the Yakult Swallows in 2011, and it’s been an entirely different experience.
He pitched for them for two seasons, then the Orix Buffaloes in '09.
He was an NPB All-Star in 2012 and 2014. The first instance of a Japanese player playing in MLB occurred in 1964, when the Nankai Hawks, a Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) team, sent three exchange prospects to the United States to gain experience in MLB's minor league system. Charlie Manuel: 1976-81Manuel’s Major League career spanned from 1969 through 1975, consisting of 242 games with the Twins, from 1969-72 and the Dodgers, from 1974-75. The 2019 Yomiuri Giants received innings from four former big league pitchers: Taylor Jungmann, Rubby De La Rosa, Scott Mathieson and Ryan Cook.
Kikuchi, a second baseman who turns 30 in March, hit .261 with 13 homers, 48 RBIs and 14 stolen bases for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp. He announced his retirement from NPB in late 1994 and signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers in February 1995. Zoilo Versalles: 1972Versalles won the 1965 American League MVP Award, with a Major League-leading 45 doubles coupled with a whopping 122 strikeouts. NEW YORK (AP) — Two players from Japan, Shun Yamaguchi and Ryosuke Kikuchi, have been made available to major league teams through the posting process.  After Murakami put up good pitching statistics as a reliever, Giants executives sought to exercise a clause in their contract with the Hawks that, they claimed, allowed them to buy up an exchange prospect's contract. For 1962, he joined the Chunichi Dragons, along with Don Newcombe, and he played in 72 games, hitting .225 with 10 homers.
With 14-year Major League veteran Adam Jones taking a deal to play baseball in Japan with the Orix Buffaloes, it’s worth taking a look at other former Major Leaguers to play in Japan. As a 32-year-old in 1976, he went to Japan to play for the Yakult Swallows, and he was transformed at the plate.
In 2012, he joined the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks and hit 21 homers there -- more than he’d hit in all but one of his Major League seasons.
First Japanese player to hit a home run in the World Series: Hideki Matsui, October 19, 2003, …
Versalles hit .196 in 1968 and .236 in 1969. He led the Central League in wins and strikeouts, helping Yomiuri to its first Central League pennant in five years. Attendance: n/a.  Nomo's maneuver and Hideki Irabu's later MLB contractual complications were contributing factors to a major revision of the Working Agreement in 1998 that created the current posting system. He returned to the Majors in 1993-94 with the Marlins, before finishing his professional career with 46 games with the Lions in 1995. Clubs have until Jan. 2 (5 p.m. EST) to negotiate with them, Major League Baseball said Tuesday. In 2013, Balentien hit 60 home runs, breaking the prior single-season record of 55, set by Sadaharu Oh and later tied by Tuffy Rhodes and Alex Cabrera. It’s been a frequent destination for players after their Major League careers are over -- or even.
It’s been a frequent destination for players after their Major League careers are over -- or even as an interlude between Major League stints. Yokohama outfielder Yoshitomo Tsutsugo was posted last month and is available until Dec. 19. Randy Bass: 1983-88Bass had a modest Major League career, with 130 games over six years from 1977-82. In his first year, he hit 32 homers. Rhodes hit at least 20 homers in each of his seasons in Nippon Professional Baseball with the Buffaloes, Yomiuri Giants and then the Orix Buffaloes, after NPB realigned.