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The first season of the so-called “Cuban invasion” into Japanese baseball has ended with mixed results and the uncertainty as to whether it will continue in 2015 or was a one-time fad that will fade quickly. Eight Cuban-born players were signed to contracts in Japan in 2014, and their performances ranged from excellent to downright pathetic.

The season began with four Cuban defectors who had previously played in the U.S. in the major leagues or Triple-A, and the best of those turned out to be Yomiuri Giants first baseman/outfielder Leslie Anderson who, despite missing a good chunk of the schedule with a couple of injuries, managed to hit 15 home runs with 50 RBIs while batting .319.

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