By Robert Whiting

Ichiro...Nomo...Hasegawa...Hideki Matsui...one by means of one they've got come to the United States and made their mark as enormously proficient and well known ballplayers. yet this new wave of athlete-led by means of the sensational Ichiro Suzuki, whom many seek advice from because the top all-around player-is simply the top of a desirable iceberg. Illuminating a deep and extremely assorted culture of baseball, Whiting exhibits why extra eastern gamers should be coming to America...and how they are going to eternally rework the best way our video game is performed. Grandly wonderful and deeply revealing, The Samurai method of Baseball is a vintage ebook approximately activities, company, and stardom-in a global that's altering prior to our eyes.

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Eventually, playing in Montreal meant something. Just being a Canadian in the big leagues was a rarity, let alone to play with a Canadian team. "I owe a lot to the Expos and the fans. The people were behind me there. I got a standing ovation on a double once. " Larry got only eight hits in 47 at-bats over 20 games in the final weeks of the 1989 season, but he was in the majors to stay. 241 with 19 home runs, 51 RBI and 21 stolen bases. That wasn't enough to be the best rookie on his team, as second baseman Delino DeShields finished second in the National League Rookie of the Year balloting to Atlanta's David Justice.

Page 34 Larry and Dante Bichette, left, were two-thirds of one of baseball's most powerful outfields in 1995. (AP/Wide World Photos) Page 35 Nobody was predicting an appearance in the playoffs, however. No expansion team in history had ever qualified for the postseason in such a short time. From the beginning of the year, the Rockies proved they were a legitimate playoff contender. They christened Coors Field with a dramatic 11-9 victory in 14 innings over the New York Mets on Dante Bichette's game-winning home run.

Day after day, I was shocking myself at the things I did," Larry said. "The numbers went up, and the balls went out of the park. I'd go home at night, or back to the hotel, and say to myself, 'well, I did that again? I can't believe that. '" Larry's 409 total bases were the most in a season in almost 50 years. He also finished second in Page 50 The Rockies gave Larry a watch and a Harley Davidson motorcycle after he won the National League MVP Award in 1997. (AP/Wide World Photos) Page 51 runs scored with 143, and in hits with 208.

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