Shogo Akiyama knew the Cincinnati Reds were the only Major League Baseball team that never had a player born in Japan

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The Associated Press

January 8, 2020, 8:45 PM

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CINCINNATI — Shogo Akiyama knew the Cincinnati Reds were the only Major League Baseball team that never had a player born in Japan. The chance to break a barrier was part of his impetus to sign.

Akiyama got a $21 million, three-year deal this week with the Reds. They introduced him Wednesday at Great American Ball Park, where the five-time Japanese All-Star figures to play one of the outfield spots and bat high in the order.

“The fact that they’ve never had

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