Kosuke Fukudome: Did You Know

Kosuke Fukudome was selected by Yomiuri, Yakult, Chunichi, Lotte, Orix, Nippon Ham, and Kintetsu during the 1995 draft. He wanted to play for either Yomiuri or Chunichi, but Kintetsu won the pick. Kintetsu tried to persuade him to sign by saying they would trade him after three years, but that got the organization into trouble because it was against the rules.

Fukudome went on to play for for Nihon Seimei (Industrial League) and re-entered the draft three years later in 1998 and joined Chunichi using the reverse selection (gyaku shimei) rule.

Source: Daily Sports 6/25/2016

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As of May 3, 2017, Fukudome has recorded four or more hits in nineteen games — four hits in fifteen and five hits in four.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/4/2017

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