Found December 19, 2012 on
Larry Brown Sports:
From Larry Brown Sports:
The Oakland A's didn't just get a shortstop when they signed Japanese infielder Hiroyuki Nakajima, they also got a comedian.
Nakajima was introduced by the A's on Tuesday, and the shortstop was full of jokes (either that or he has one clever interpreter). Nakajima busted up the room when he was asked why he signed with the A's and said, "Billy Beane is extremely sexy and cool."
Sounds like somebody saw "Moneyball" where Beane was played by actor Brad Pitt.
Nakajima had another funny line when asked about the adjustment he would have to make coming from Japan to the US:
Nakajima is 30 years old and has been playing pro ball for the Seibu Lions in Japan since he was 19. He generally posted an OPS close to .900 and was around a 20-20 player most seasons (his full stats in Japan are here). Nakajima's deal with the A's reportedly is for two years at $6.5 million, with a $5.5 million option for 2015. Oakland will hope he gives them reliable defense while being decent with the bat. At the very least, he should help keep things loose inside the clubhouse.
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During his introductory presser, new A's shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima said he signed with Oakland because team GM "Billy Beane is extremely sexy and cool."
Hiroyuki Nakajima is the latest Japanese baseball signee in the big leagues, recently inking a 2 year/$6.5 million deal with the Oakland Athletics. The defending AL West champion team with plenty of eager and talented youngsters combined with a mult-million dollar contract is reason enough to make the leap across the pond but the new shortstop revealed why he really signed with...
Yesterday, the Oakland Athletics introduced their new starting shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima who they signed to a 2-year deal worth 6.5 million dollars.
Nakajima who played for eleven seasons in the Japanese Baseball League had a little bit of fun during his introductory press conference.
When asked a question about why he wanted to join the A's, Hiroyuki provided a great...
In his introductory press conference with the Oakland media on Tuesday, new A's shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima was asked about his reasons for signing with the A's. Through an interpreter, Nakajima said that Oakland GM Billy Beane was "extremely sexy and cool" with a huge smile on his face before talking about the chemistry of the young A's and how well he thinks...
Typical responses for why a player signed with a certain team include location, fan base, money, talent on the current roster, etc., but this is a new one.
New Oakland shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima said in his introductory news conference that he signed with the Athletics because general manager Billy Beane is “extremely sexy and cool,” according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco...
OAKLAND -- The Oakland Athletics introduced Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima at a press conference Tuesday after finalizing a two-year contract, with a club option for a third year, earlier in the day. The A's signed the 30-year-old Japan League veteran to fill the void at shortstop created by the departures of Cliff Pennington and Stephen Drew. "When we finished...
Hiroyuki Nakajima has signed a deal with the Oakland Athletics. The Japanese star was introduced to the media he explained the reasons why.
Speaking though an interpreter, Nakajima told reports that “Billy Beane is extremely sexy and cool, so that’s definitely one of the reasons why I signed with the A’s.”
The shortstop signed a two-year deal worth $6.5 million which also...
Hiroyuki Nakajima was a shortstop for the Saitama Seibu Lions. He's now a SS for the Oakland A's. Why? Because Athletic's GM Billy Beane is sexy and cool.
Well that and the $6.5 million over 2...
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The Oakland Athletics are on the verge of landing a new shortstop, one who will be playing in the major leagues for the first time.
The team has reached a contract agreement with Japanese free agent Hiroyuki Nakajima, according to major league sources.
Nakajima, 30, spent the past six seasons playing for the Seibu Lions in the Japanese Pacific League. He turned down multiple offers...
Two people with knowledge of the negotiations say the Oakland Athletics have agreed to sign shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima of Japan's Seibu Lions.
The people spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because there had yet to be a formal announcement. The AL West champion A's called a news conference for Tuesday afternoon described as a ''major announcement.''
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Shortstop Stephen Drew has signed a one-year, $9.5 million contract with the Boston Red Sox, according to multiple reports Monday. The deal includes $500,000 in performances bonuses for the free agent. Drew, 29, became available when the Oakland Athletics rejected a $10 million mutual option on his contract in October. Instead, Drew received a $1.35 million buyout on his A'...
The Mets have obtained outfielder Collin Cowgill from the Oakland Athletics for minor league infielder Jefry Marte.
The 26-year-old Cowgill hit .269 with two doubles, one homer and nine RBIs in 38 games and 104 at-bats with Oakland last season. He also batted .254 at Triple-A Sacramento with 17 doubles four homers and 37 RBIs in 61 games and 260 at-bats. Cargill made his big league...
The Oakland Athletics announced that they have traded outfielder Collin Cowgill to the New York Mets in exchange of Jefry Marte.
In 116 plate appearances for the A's in 2012, Cogwill hit .269/.336/.317 with 1 HR, 9 RBI's and a .295 wOBA. Marte spent the 2012 season playing for the Mets' Double-A team hitting .251/.322/.366 with 9 HR's, 58 RBI's and a .316 wOBA...
After trading Cliff Pennington early in the off-season and declining Stephen Drew's mutual option, the Oakland A's cast a wide net in search of a shortstop. On Tuesday, they concluded that search, signing Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima to a two-year deal. They also traded OF Collin Cowgill to the New York Mets for 3B Jefry Marte.