Brooks Conrad, famous for his numerous errors in the NLDS with the Atlanta Braves while they faced the eventual World Series Champion San Francisco Giants, has some big news. Thanks to Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker for giving the heads up:
That link to the story is here. I know it’s in Japanese, but I know more browsers are giving you the option of translating it and while the translations are usually a little rough, you get the general drift of the article.
The Hanshin Tigers according to someone like Tim McCarver are located in Hanshin, but that is the Tigers’ main sponsor, not where they play. They play at the same stadium at Koshien, which is also known for the big high school nationwide tournament that is held there, which has drawn comparisons in national attention in the US to being its version of “March Madness.”
Hanshin’s GM stated that Brooks Conrad’s ability to play the corners, be a switch hitter, and show hustle in his play were important in his being an important addition to their team.
In 280 G in five seasons at the MLB level, Conrad put up a .207/.280/.400 line with a career 82 OPS+, .295 wOBA, 0.9 fWAR, -0.3 rWAR.