- Kenji Johjima
through 2005, Johjima hit .299 with 211 home runs and 699 RBI in 1,117 games. His most productive season came in by|2003, when he hit .330 with 119 RBI and finished third with 34 home runs behind
Tuffy Rhodes(51) and Alex Cabrera(50).
A winner of seven straight Gold Gloves in Japan, Johjima became the first Japanese player to catch full-time in the major leagues.
Infielder Lenn Sakata, a Japanese-American born in Honolulu, caught one game for the Baltimore Orioles, winning a World Series ring in by|1983.
Johjima hit a
home runin each of his first two Major League games against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheimon April 3and April 4, by|2006 in Seattle.
October 1, 2006against the Texas Rangers, he set the record for most hits by a rookie catcher with 147. The previous record was 146.
Japan Baseball League Awards
*Pacific League MVP (2003)
*Seven-time Gold Glove winner (1999–2005)
*Six-time selection to the "Best Nine" team, chosen by Japanese sportswriters (1999–2001; 2003–2005)
*Five-time Best Battery Award winner (1999–2001, 2003, 2004)
*Monthly MVP (June 1999, April 2003, June 2004)
Japan SeriesValuable Player prize (1999, 2003)
*Japan Series Fighting Spirit prize (2000)
Nippon Professional BaseballAll-Star Game (1997–2001, 2003-2005)
*Most votes for the Japanese All-Star Game (2005)
Japan Pacific League
*Batting Average: .299
*Home runs: 211
*Stolen Bases: 63
April 3, 2006, Johjima and Ichiro Suzukibecame the first pair of Japanese position players to take the field in an MLB starting lineup.
*Johjima once joked that he would register as "Georgie McKensey" ('JOH-JI MA-ken-ji') should he make it to the Majors.
*Johjima's favorite hobby is ocean fishing. It is rumored that one of the reasons he chose to sign with the Seattle Mariners was Seattle's proximity to bodies of water,
Puget Soundand the Pacific Ocean.
*Johjima also cites his children's fondness of
Uwajimaya, a Japanese grocery store in Seattle, as a reason for signing with Mariners.
*Some team-mates use the nickname, "Jo-mama", when calling out to him.
*ja icon [http://www.joh-kinenkan.co.jp/ Johjima Kenji Baseball Memorial Hall Official Site]
* [http://www.baseball-reference.com/bullpen/Kenji_Johjima Baseball Reference Bullpen]
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