Found December 14, 2011 on The Outside Corner:
While most news sources recover from the Yu Darvish bidding fallout and subsequent contract negotiations, the Norichika Aoki buzz/hype has remained silent or nonexisstent.  Perhaps the media overlooks Aoki because at first glance he seems like every other Japanese hitter not named Hideki Matsui or Ichiro, which is to say he looks like a future disappointment.  Perhaps it’s only because they have no idea how to spell or pronounce his first name and Yu Darvish is just plain easier.  Hopefully Major League Baseball teams are more aware of Aoki’s abilities than the media is. Aoki brings to the table more than any Japanese hitter in the post Matsui-Ichiro NPB era.  In fact, Aoki has been considered by some, the best pure hitter Japan has ever produced since Ichiro.  In his last four years leading up to 2011 Aoki produced an average of .339/.421 31 doubles 16 homeruns and 20 SB.  Fans should take these numbers with a grain of salt because no hitter, Ichiro included, has ever come to Amer...
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