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Full Name: Kenji Johjima Primary Position: C
Height/Weight: 6'0"/205 First Game: April 3, 2006
Birthdate: June 8, 1976 MLB Experience: 2 years
Birthplace: Nagasaki, Japan
Bat/Throw: Right/Right


Biography

Kenji Johjima (Kenji Johjima) was born on June 8, 1976 in Nagasaki, Japan. He made his Major League debut on April 3, 2006 for the Seattle Mariners. In 2006, his rookie year, he hit .291 with 18 home runs and 76 RBI. Johjima still plays for the Seattle Mariners, going into his third year of his MLB career.

Scouting Report

Statistics

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
2006 SEA A 144 506 61 147 18 76 .291 .332 .451 25 1 20 46 13 0 3 1 15
2007 SEA A 135 485 52 189 14 61 .287 .322 .433 29 0 15 41 11 0 0 0 22
Total 279 991 113 286 32 137 .289 .327 .442 54 1 35 87 24 0 3 1 37

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
2006 SEA A C 144 131 1172.2 881 58 7 9 0 10 57 29 1 .993
2007 SEA A C 133 128 1106.2 804 56 2 15 0 5 46 40 3 .998
Total C 277 259 2279.1 1685 114 9 24 0 15 103 69 4 .995

Transactions

  • Signed as a non-drafted free agent by Seattle Mariners (November 21, 2005).

Trivia

  • On April 3, 2006, Johjima and Ichiro Suzuki became the first pair of Japanese position players to take the field in an MLB starting lineup.
  • Johjima once joked that he would register as "George McKensey" ('JOH-JI MA-ken-ji') should he make it to the Majors.
  • Johjima's favorite hobby is ocean fishing. It is rumored that one of the reasons he chose to sign with the Seattle Mariners was Seattle's proximity to bodies of water, Puget Sound and the Pacific Ocean.
  • Johjima also cites his children's fondness of Uwajimaya, a Japanese grocery store in Seattle, as a reason for signing with Mariners.


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