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Cincinnati Reds outfielder Shogo Akiyama stands for photographs at Great American Ballpark after a news conference, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, in Cincinnati. Outfielder Shogo Akiyama agreed to a $21 million, three-year deal with the Cincinnati Reds, the only major league baseball team that hasn't had a player born in Japan. The 31-year-old center fielder was a five-time All-Star during his nine seasons with the Seibu Lions in Japan's Pacific League. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Outfielder Shogo Akiyama wanted to make history with Reds

Jan. 8, 2020 3:46 PM EST

CINCINNATI (AP) — Shogo Akiyama knew the Cincinnati Reds were the only Major League Baseball team that never had a player born in Japan. The chance to break a barrier was part of his impetus to sign. Akiyama got a $21 million, three-year deal this week with the Reds. They introduced him Wednesday at Great...

FILE -In this Nov. 21, 2015, file photo, Japan's Shogo Akiyama rounds third base after hitting two-run home run against Mexico in the seventh inning to end their third-place game at the Premier12 world baseball tournament at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo. Akiyama has agreed to a $21 million, three-year deal with the Cincinnati Reds, the only major league team that has not had a player born in Japan. Akiyama, 31, became a free agent after his ninth season with the Seibu Lions in Japan's Pacific League, where he was a five-time All-Star. (AP Photo/Toru Takahashi, File)

Reds agree to $21 million, 3-year deal with OF Shogo Akiyama

Jan. 6, 2020 7:31 PM EST

CINCINNATI (AP) — Outfielder Shogo Akiyama agreed to a $21 million, three-year deal with the Cincinnati Reds, the only major league team that hasn't had a player born in Japan. Akiyama, 31, became a free agent after his ninth season with the Seibu Lions in Japan's Pacific League, where he was a five-time...