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Nate Minchey hovered near the home dugout at Tokyo Dome as the Yomiuri Giants practiced, but there was no missing him. Being conspicuous isn’t exactly a trait of many 203 cm and above.

Not that Minchey was trying to hide. He greeted every player with a smile, some with a handshake and hearty laugh. Giants catcher Shinnosuke Abe had to look skyward to offer a quick “good morning,” and new Giant Josh Fields stopped to exchange pleasantries.

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