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Japanese infielder has uncertain place in A's organization

Hiroyuki Nakajima arrived at spring training Tuesday with none of the media fanfare that greeted the highly touted Japanese shortstop a year ago. Called over from the A's minor league complex in the morning as a replacement for injured Addison Russell, Nakajima was a late-inning substitution against the Padres. Nakajima was projected to be the A's starting shortstop in...
Via Pro Sports Daily
March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

What Is Hiroyuki Nakajima’s Future With The Oakland A’s?

When the Oakland A’s signed Japanese infielder Hiroyuki Nakajima to a two-year, $6.5 million deal in December 2012, most assumed he’d be a factor on Bob Melvin‘s team. However, Nakajima’s less-than-stellar spring numbers and a handful of injuries prevented him from making an appearance in an A’s uniform at any point during the season . He ended up playing in 90 games for...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
December 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s: Hiro Nakajima Knocking on the Door With Recent Strong Play

When the Oakland A’s reached into the international market and signed Japanese star shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima this past winter, they envisioned a player that would be starting at shortstop for them throughout the 2013 and 2014 seasons. A slow acclamation process to Major League play and a late spring injury temporarily delayed those plans for the A’s, but following a rehab...
Via BaySportsNet
June 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Assessing the A’s Infield Situation – is it Time for Grant Green or Hiroyuki Nakajima?

The A’s are playing well at the moment – they have a 29-23 record and are within striking distance of the first-place Texas Rangers in the A.L. West. They’ve managed to get off to a strong 2013 start utilizing a backup infield tandem of Adam Rosales and Eric Sogard – an area of the team’s roster that could (and should) be in line for an upgrade. Sogard impressed in Spring...
Via BaySportsNet
May 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Hiro Nakajima Suffers Setback in Sacramento Rehab Assignment

Sorry, A’s fans. Those of you who were anxiously awaiting Hiroyuki Nakajima’s long-anticipated debut in Oakland will have to wait a little longer. Nakajima’s rehab stint at AAA Sacramento hit a snag on Friday night when Nakajima pulled up limping into first base after hitting a single in the seventh inning of a 3-0 River Cats victory over the Las Vegas 51′s. Nakajima admitted...
Via BaySportsNet
May 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Hiroyuki Nakajima to start season on DL for A's

Hiroyuki Nakajima will start the season on the 15-day disabled list.  As the Oakland A's finalized their roster moves, Nakajima was shifted from the 25-man roster to the DL.  He injured his hamstring last Tuesday.  While he could probably play, the A's want to be cautious. According to Rick Eymer of, the A's had to trim their roster down to 25.  Do do...
Via MLB Injury News
March 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Video: Oakland A’s sign Hirojuki Nakajima

Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima finally realized his dream of playing for a Major League Baseball team after he opted to become a free agent and signed with the Oakland A’s. 2 years $6.5 million Vid courtesy of Next Media Animation Paul M. Banks is CEO of The Sports, a Google News site generating millions of unique visitors. He’s also a regular contributor to...
Via The Sports Bank
December 19, 2012  |  Discuss

Oakland A's new shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima thinks Billy Beane is sexy (Video)

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...
Via Outside the Boxscore
December 19, 2012  |  Discuss

New Oakland A’s shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima is concerned about the lack of bathtubs in America

The Oakland A’s introduced their new shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima to the baseball world on Tuesday. And during his introductory press conference Nakajima was asked what would be his biggest challenge in making the transition from Japan to the majors. After clarifying through his translator that the reporter was looking for his #1 challenge on or off-the-field, Nakajima decides to...
Via No Guts, No Glory
December 19, 2012  |  Discuss

Hiroyuki Nakajima thinks Billy Beane is sexy and cool

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...
Via The Outside Corner
December 19, 2012  |  Discuss
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