The Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks, as you read here in these pages, will pay a whopping 525 million yen (almost $4.5 million) to buy out the second year of the contract of third baseman Tony Batista, ending the Japan career of “Mr. Nonchalant.”

I call him that because he is to me one of the most laid-back players I have ever seen. From his unorthodox wide-open batting stance to his scoop-and-lob fielding style, Batista is the ultimate cool, calm and collected infielder.

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