2010 Chicago Cubs Profile: Kosuke Fukudome

January 10, 2010 by  

On the evening of March 31, 2008, Kosuke Fukudome was the toast of the Chicago baseball world. The Cubs stood at 0-1 after a heart-breaking loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.

Fukudome, however, had overwhelmed in his American debut: he went three-for-three, with a walk, a double, and a game-tying three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning.

OneĀ game into his four-year, $48 million contract, Fukudome seemed poised to become a star. The 323 games since have not gone nearly so well.

Fukudome has a career batting line of .258/.367/.400, making him a dead-on average hitter in the National League over the past two seasons.

He had one terrific defensive year, as a right fielder in 2008, and one miserable defens...

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