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Complete list of Asians in MLB Major League Baseball for 2012

Takashi Saito (Japanese) – Arizona Diamondbacks – Pitcher – on the inactive roster

Tsuyoshi Wada (Japanese) – Baltimore Orioles – Pitcher – starting out the season on the 15-day disabled list.

Wei-Yin Chen (Taiwanese) – Baltimore Orioles – Pitcher – performed well in Spring training.  will be a starting pitcher.

Che-Hsuan Lin (Taiwanese) – Boston RedSox – Centerfielder – is on the inactive roster

Junichi Tazawa (Japanese) – Boston RedSox – Pitcher – is on the inactive roster

Daisuke Matsuzaka (Japanese) – Boston RedSox – Pitcher – likely to return from Tommy John surgery sometime in May.

Kosuke Fukudome (Japanese) – Chicago Whitesox – Rightfielder – potentially a starting outfielder.

Shin-Soo Choo (Korean) – Cleveland Indians – Rightfielder – will start at right field.

Bruce Chen (Chinese) – Kansas City Royals – Pitcher

Hank Choi Conger (Korean) – Los Angeles Angels – Catcher -inactive roster, in minor league

Hisanori Takahashi (Japanese) – Los Angeles Angels – Pitcher

Travis Ishikawa (Japanese/white) – Milwaukee Brewers – Firstbase – makes the roster as a reserve first baseman.  hit .255 and 2 homers in Spring training.

Norichika Aoki (Japanese) – Milwaukee Brewers – Leftfielder – hit .300 in Spring training.  one of five outfielders on the roster.

Tsuyoshi Nishioka (Japanese) – Minnesota Twins – Secondbase – will start the season in Triple-A.

Hiroki Kuroda (Japanese) – New York Yankees – Pitcher – will be a starting pitcher.

Kurt Suzuki (Japanese) – Oakland A’s – Catcher – starting catcher

Tim Lincecum (white/Filipino) – San Francisco Giants – Pitcher – ace pitcher for the Giants

Ichiro Suzuki (Japanese) – Seattle Mariners – Rightfielder – enters his 10th year in MLB.  Will bat 3rd in the lineup instead of his customary leadoff position.  hit .415 in Spring training.

Munenori Kawasaki (Japanese) – Seatlle Mariners – Shortstop – had the best batting average of all players during spring training with a .455 average.  Will start the season as an utility infielder.

Chih-Hsien Chiang (Taiwanese) – Seattle Mariners – Rightfielder – on the inactive roster

Hisashi Iwakuma (Japanese) – Seattle Mariners – Pitcher – will start out the season as a relief pitcher with the possibility of being a starting pitcher down the line.

Erik Komatsu (Japanese/white) – St.Louis Cardinals – Secondbase

Yu Darvish (Japanese/Iranian) – Texas Rangers – Pitcher- biggest MLB signing this offseason.  will get the most buzz and hype.

Yoshinori Taeyama (Japanese) – Texas Rangers – Pitcher – on the injured list

Koji Uehara (Japanese) – Texas Rangers – Pitcher – will be a relief pitcher

Don Wakamatsu (Japanese/white) – Toronto BlueJays – Bench Coach.

Chien Ming Wang (Taiwanese) – Washington Nationals – Pitcher – injured hamstring in Spring training.  start will be delayed.

Jeremy Guthrie (White/Japanese) – Colorado Rockies – Pitcher

Vance Worley (White/Chinese) – Philadelphia Phillies – Pitcher


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