The knock on Japanese players used to be that they were too small and underpowered to make it in North America’s big leagues. But with the recent success of the Seattle Mariners’ Ichiro Suzuki, that argument has been laid to rest.

Want further proof? Look no further than shortstop David Eckstein of the World Series champion Anaheim Angels.

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