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The Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters got next to nothing out of Sho Nakata for the better part of two seasons after selecting the heralded high school power hitter in the 2007 draft.

Things just didn’t work out as planned initially as Nakata failed to earn a permanent spot on the top team roster, struggled in the field, and was even called out by Atsunori Inaba and Yu Darvish for maturity issues.

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