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As if professional baseball isn’t hard enough on rookies, try tackling what Hokkaido Nippon Ham newcomer Sho Nakata is probably about to go through.

Nakata has been labeled a “kaibutsu” (which translates into monster), a term fans and media have come to use to identify a “monster” talent making the jump from high school to professional baseball, and there is an enormous amount of hype building around an 18-year-old that has yet to play a regular-season game.

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