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The Seibu Lions were fielding a toothless lineup early in the NPB season while Ernesto Mejia was up to his usual hard-hitting trick on the other side of the world with the Gwinnett Braves, the Triple-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves.

So, in need of a bat, the Lions reached out, and Mejia, interested in a fresh start after a long career in the minors, seized the opportunity to join the team in May.

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