'Everyone knows him in Japan:' Akiyama makes his Goodyear debut

Published February 20, 2020

Rumble As a member of the Saitama Seibu Lions, Shogo Akiyama batted .301, earned two Pacific League Golden Glove Awards and played in five all-star games. The Japanese media wasn’t about to let him go to Goodyear alone. Akiyama spent his first days at Reds camp accompanied by a gaggle of reporters from Japanese news agencies and his translator, Luke Shinoda, who helped him communicate with their American counterparts.