Given his past as a two-sport athlete, former Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Nyjer Morgan figured he would have no trouble adjusting to Japan's unique brand of baseball.
A slow start and demotion to the minor leagues may have shaken that confidence, but Morgan is now starting to make a major impact with the Yokohama DeNa BayStars of Japan's Central League.
The 33-year-old native of San Francisco is batting .303 with 31 RBIs and a career-high seven home runs in 67 games as the No. 3 hitter for the BayStars. His progress has been so steady, the team was able to send veteran Alex Ramirez to the minor league team. Ramirez is one of the most successful foreign players in the history of Japanese baseball and earlier this season collected his 2,000th hit in Japan.
''It's all a learning process,'' Morgan said. ''I didn't get mad because I failed in my first month here. In this game you are going to fail more than you succeed. You've just got to keep a good attitude about things and make th...