Friday, May 9, 2008

Immigrant (or Nonimmigrant?) of the Day: Kosuke Fukudome (Japan)

Kosuke_fukudome_2 Kosuke Fukudome (born April 26, 1977, in Osaki, Soo District, Kagoshima, Japan) is a right fielder for the Chicago Cubs. Prior to arriving in the United States, Fukudome played nine seasons for the Chunichi Dragons of the Japanese Central League. He was also a member of the Japanese national baseball team, winning a silver medal in the 1996 Summer Olympics, a bronze medal in the 2004 Summer Olympics, and placing first in the 2006 World Baseball Classic. Fukudome won the Central League MVP award the same year.

Fukudome currently plays for the Chicago Cubs. He became a free agent in November 2007 and, on December 11, 2007, the Chicago Cubs signed Fukudome to a four-year, $48 million contract. He made his Major League Baseball debut on March 31, 2008 against the Milwaukee Brewers at Wrigley Field. He went 3-for-3 with a walk, including a double on his first Major League pitch, and a three-run game-tying home run in the bottom of the ninth.  For more on his first months in the major leagues, click here.

I am not sure of Kosuke Fukudome's precise immigration status.  But he is a noncitizen making the Chicago Cubs' season very exciting!!

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