CHIBA (Kyodo) Tadahito Iguchi has pledged to put up big numbers for his new team, the Chiba Lotte Marines, after returning to Japanese baseball from the major leagues.
“I’ve always set individual goals of a .300 batting average, 30 homers and 30 stolen bases since I was with the (Daiei) Hawks. I’ll play hard with these goals in mind,” Iguchi told a news conference at a Chiba hotel Sunday.
The 34-year-old second baseman recently signed a three-year contract worth ¥180 million a year plus performance bonuses with Lotte after playing four seasons in the majors, where he won the 2005 World Series with the Chicago White Sox in his rookie year.
“I plan to tell my teammates about my experience in the majors. I want to show that I’ve become a better player,” Iguchi said.
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