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
Fukudome is slated to reprise his role as captain for the second straight year next season. Tomoaki Kanemoto told the veteran about his decision on November 25.
September 3 vs Chunichi at Koshien Stadium – Fukudome recorded the 350th double of his career in the fourth inning against Shinnosuke Ogasawara and became the forty-first player in NPB history to reach the milestone.
Source: Nikkan Sports 9/3/2017
As of May 3, 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
As of July 29, Fukudome has two pinch-hit home runs to his name.
Source: Daily Sports 7/30/2017
June 14 vs Nippon Ham at Sapporo Dome – Fukudome hit a home run off Katsuhiko Kumon in the eighth inning and became the thirty-third player in NPB history to hit a home run against every NPB team, first since Jose Lopez on June 6, 2017. He joined Tomoaki Kanemoto (in 2005) and Takahiro Arai (in 2008) as the only players to accomplish the feat while wearing a Tigers uniform.