There’s a ton of optimism going on after the Orix Buffaloes signed veteran major league outfielder Adam Jones to a two-year contract during the baseball winter meetings.
How does his acquisition compare to other veteran MLB power hitters coming over in the past?
Since he signed a two-year deal, let’s eliminate guys like Bob Horner, Tony Batista, and Larry Doby, who only played a single season in Japan. That leaves 20 players who came to NPB with 100 or more home runs in MLB. In terms of what they did before they came, Jones is now third on the list behind Andruw Jones (434) and Reggie Smith (313).
Here are the top five with their ages on Opening Day of their first season (rounded to the nearest integer)
|Name||Age||MLB HRs||NPB HRs|
Pointless trivia: I didn’t know this until I was cleaning this data set, but Dick Stuart went to Sequoia High School in Redwood City, CA, about three miles from my childhood home. I didn’t go there but my two stepbrothers did, and it was said the greatest athlete from that school had been Heisman Trophy winner Gary Beban — a UCLA quarterback who was a rival and contemporary of San Francisco native O.J. Simpson.
Adam Jones will be the 10th youngest of those 20 players. Here’s that list with No. 11 George Altman added.
|Name||Age||MLB HR||NPB HR|
And here’s the list of the top 10 home run hitters in NPB from the “real major leaguers” as Jones was referred to by Orix GM Junichi Fukura:
|Name||Age||MLB HRs||NPB HRS|