|Royals Right Fielder Nori Aoki|
Kansas City is not alone in loving this team. The whole country has fallen in love with the Royals according to Hampton Stevens article in The Atlantic
"The Kansas City Royals' Huge Appeal!"
Part of that appeal is Norichika Aoki, the Japanese professional baseball outfielder for the *pennant-winning* Kansas City Royals.Newspapers from Seattle to Washington, D.C. have dubbed KC “America's Team.” Even overseas, The Independent (UK) noted that America is "falling in love with the Royals."
Born in Japan, he played for the Tokyo Yakult Swallows of Nippon Professional Baseball before coming to the U.S. to play for the Milwaukee Brewers. Aoki is one of only four players to amass 200 or more hits in a single season in Japanese professional baseball.
On December 5, 2013, the Milwaukee Brewers traded Aoki to the Kansas City Royals for Will Smith. And we're happy he is here!
"Nori"Aoki, No. 23 right fielder, helped take the Royals to the World Series!
Aoki Saves The Royals
10/2/14: Nori Aoki makes two fantastic run saving plays in the sixth and seventh innings of Thursday nights game against the Los Angeles Angels, one on a backup catch to Lorenzo Cain and another on a great recovery in the outfield. The next inning, with two outs and a runner on third, Aoki tracked a fly to make the diving catch.
"One of the best things about watching Aoki play is -- as tired as the cliche may be -- the joy he has on the field." ~Cy Brown
Aoki celebrates With Fans
Watch as Aoki teases the fans after their winning game and tosses his jersey into crowd.
Oct 15, 2014
A few career highlights and awards
- 2× NPB All-Star Game MVP (2006 Game 1, 2009 Game 1)
- 6× Golden Glove Award (2006–2011)
- 7× NPB All-Star (2005 - 2011)
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Image of Nori Aoki on April 26, 2014 CC BY-SA 2.0 Keith Allison on Flickr