Johjima tied the knot with the Tigers
On Nov 14, Johjima held a press conference to announce he is a member of the Hanshin Tigers. It's for a 4 year contract for a package worth 2 billion yen.
Johjima decides to leave Seattle
Kenji announced on Oct 20 that he was leaving the Mariners with 2 years of contract left. The reason given was, he wanted to be near his family and friends. He wished to play again in Japan while he was a top level player. On Oct 27,he announced, he is joining the Hanshin Tigers as the team was the first to contact him.
KENJI JOHJIMA WITH THE SEATTLE MARINERS IN 2009
It's the 3rd game Johjima plays since recovering from an injury. He not only had his first hit. He slammed 3 hits including an RBI. But his team lost to the Yankees, 5 to 8.
In the first inning, his foot was rammed by an in-coming runner to home base. Despite in pain, he homered. But he pulled out from the game, and is expected to be on the disabled list. The Mariners lost the game 1 to 6 to the Oakland Athletics.
It's the 2nd game Johjima's played since he was released from the disabled list. In the very competitive game, in the 9th inning, he slammed His team clinched the 15 inning game with a 8 to 7 win over the Oakland Athletics.
Johjima started in the opener. He had a base hit. His team won 6 to 1 against the Minnesota Twins without Ichiro.
KENJI JOHJIMA WITH THE SEATTLE MARINERS IN 2008
Johjima slammed a home run. His teammate Ichiro had an RBI hit too. Together they supported the Mariners 8 to 5 win against the Oakland Athletics.
Johjima started for the first time in 3 games. He slammed a 2 run home run. He had 2 base hits too. His team won 11 to 0 over the NY Mets.
Johjima had a single then a 2 base hit. In the 9th inning, he blasted a 3 run home run to equalize. His first homer this season. But in the 10th inning, the Mariners lost to the Texas Rangers 12 to 13.
KENJI JOHJIMA WITH THE SEATTLE MARINERS IN 2007
Johjima has been batting well the past few games. In this game he had a base hit in 4th inning. In the 7, with runners on first and 2nd, he had a RBI hit. Unfortunately the runner on 2nd base was killed at home. The Mariners lost 3 to 5 to the Texas Rangers.
Johjima not only homered. He had an RBI 2 base hit in the 7th inning, and had another double in the 9th inning. The Mariners beat the Minnesota Twins 9 to 4. He contributed to the Mariners 4 wins in a row.
Johjima blasted a grand slam, helping his team defeat the Detroit Tigers 6 to 4.
Johjima was amazing. He doubled in the 3rd inning, and had 2 more base hits. His team defeated the Pittsburgh Pirate 7 to 0.
Johjima had 3 base hits. He helped his team defeat the Chicago Cubs 5 to 3.
Johjima slammed 2 base hits, including an RBI and his team beat the Baltimore Orioles 7 to 4.
In the 2nd inning Johjima had a base hit. In the 4th, he grand slammed and helped his team take the lead over the Kansas City Royals. His team won 9 to 1.
In the 4th inning, Johjima slammed a 2 run home run. In all he had 2 hits, and helped his team defeat the NY Yankees 3 to 0.
Johjima hit home a runner in the 6th inning, but his team lost to the Detroit Tigers 7 to 9.
Johjima has not been in very good shape because of a back pain. But he homered in the 2nd inning. And his team clinched a competitive game of 15 to 11 against the NY Yankees.
Johjima homered in the 7th inning, which helped his team clinch the game from the Kansas City Royals 7 to 4.
Johjima had 2 base hits raising his batting average to .414. But his team lost 4 to 5 to the Minnesota Twins.
Johjima had 3 base hits and an RBI. His batting average hit .476. The Mariners beat the Texas Rangers 14 to 6.
Johjima had 3 base hits. But the Mariners lost 2 to 5 against the Texas Rangers.
Johjima recorded the season's first base hit in the 5th inning. It was an RBI double. The Mariners defeated the Oakland Athletics again 8 to 4.
Johjima was on the starting line-up as the catcher. He did not contribute with the bat, but he guided the pitcher well. His team beat the Oakland Athletics 0 to 4.
KENJI JOHJIMA WITH THE SEATTLE MARINERS IN 2006
Johjima had a base hit in the 8th inning. His team beat the Texas Ranger 3 to 2 in his final game of the season. Jojima finished the season .291 and with 18 home runs.
Johjima slammed a 3 run home run in the 7th inning. But, his team lost to the Chicago White Sox 7 to 12.
Johjima homered in the first inning. It's his 17th of the season, recording the most home run for a Japanese's debut year in the MLB. He had a 2 base hit too. The Mariners defeated the Texas Rangers in the 10th inning, 9 to 7.
In the 8th inning, Johjima blasted a 2 run home run. Ichiro came home. The Mariners beat the Kansas City Royals 10 to 5.
Johjima contribute with 2 hits, including an equalizing RBI. But the Mariners lost this time to the Angels 3 to 5.
Johjima lead the young Felix Hernandez well.Also with the bat, he hit in a run for his team's 2 to 0 win over the L.A.Angels.
In the 9th inning, Johjima homered. But the Mariners lost again to the Texas Rangers 6 to 10.
Johjima had 3 base hits, but the Mariners lost to the Texas Rangers 4 to 5.
In the 7th inning, Johjima slammed a game winning RBI. In the 8th, he blasted a 2 run home run. The Mariners beat the Baltimore Orioles 10 to 5.
With bases loaded in the 2nd inning, Johjima was up to bat, and he hit home 2 runners. In the 4th, he slammed a 2 run home run. The Mariners beat the Toronto BlueJays 7 to 3, for its 3rd win in a row.
Johjima had an RBI hit in the 6th inning. He had a 2 base hit in the 9th. But it wasn't enough for his team to win. The Mariners lost a 2 to 4 game against the N.Y. Yankees.
In the 6th inning, Johjima had a base hit, and in the 9th he hit home a runner, and contributed again to his team's win. It was 10 to 3 over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
In the first inning, Johjima blasted a 2 run home run. In the 9th, he slammed a 3 run. That helped his team beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 11 to 7.
Johjima homered in the 4th inning. He also homered in the 5th. In the 9th he hit home 2 runners to contribute to his team's 9 to 5 win over the San Diego Padres.
Ichiro had no hits, ending his consecutive game streak at 20. The Mariners also lost to the L.A. Dodgers 2 to 4.
It was a lucky hit for Johjima in the 7th inning. In the 9th inning, it the game a draw and a runner on 2nd, Johjima blasted a base hit, but the runner was killed at home. In the end, the Mariners lost to the San Diego Padres 1 to 2.
Johjima homered in the 4th inning. He had another base hit and the Mariners defeated the L.A. Dodgers 8 to 5.
In the 3rd inning, Johjima hit home 2 runners. He had another hit. His team defeated the Kansas City Royal 12 to 1.
Johjima had 2 base hits including a lucky one. But the Mariners lost its 6th game in a row to the Texas Rangers. It's 4 to 6.
Johjima hit in a run to equalize. And in the end the Mariners won 10 to 8 against the San Diego Padres, marking his team's 3rd win in a row.
Johjima homered in the 4th inning a 2 run, and the Mariners won its 2nd game in a row against the San Diego Padres 6 to 3.
Johjima slammed the first run for the team. It was with a home run. He had another base hit. The Mariners defeated the San Diego Padres 7 to 4.
Jojima had a 2 base hit, and a single. In the 8th inning, with bases loaded he made a sacrifice fly to earn an RBI. But his team lost 2 to 7 to the Oakland Athletics.
With bases loaded in the 2nd inning, Johjima was up to bat and hit in a run. He also came home in the 4th inning, on Ichiro's base hit, and helped his team defeat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 8 to 1.
As a catcher,Jojima showed a great throw to 3rd in the 5th inning killing a runner. In the 7th, he hit himself on base, and that pved the way for the team's win. The Mariners beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 6 to 3.
It was a Johjima day. In the 2nd inning, he drove in a 2 run home run. He also batted in a run with a 2 base hit in the 6th inning. His team beat the Minnesota Twins 8 to 2.
In the 6th inning, Johjima drove in a run to give his team the lead. The Mariners in the end beat the Baltimore Oriles 8 to 6.
In the 4th inning, Johjima slid around 2nd base meticulously to record a double. In the 9th his base hit paved the way to Carl Everett's 3 run homerun, with which his team clinched the game 9 to 6 against the Texas Rangers.
Johjima had 2 base hits, but his team lost to the Boston Red Sox in the final inning 6 to 7
Johjima rested the day before. This time he was in shape with the bat, with 2 base hits. But his team lost 2 to 3 against the Boston Red Sox.
Johjima had a base hit off the Curt Schilling. But his team lost to the Cleveland Indians 1 to 2.
With runners on 1st and 2nd in the 9th inning, Johjima came to bat and drove them in to help his team beat the Cleveland Indians 9 to 5.
Johjima contributed by hitting in a game winning RBI. The Mariners won 11 to 9 to stop its losing streak at 4.
Johjima had a 2 base hit in the 5th inning and another hit in the 7th inning, but his team lost 5 to 9 to the Cleveland Indians.
He was not on the starting line-up as he had no hits the previous 2 games. In the 9th inning, he was in the catching position. He had an RBI hit. But the Mariners lost to the Oakland Athletic 4 to 6.
Johjima had 2 base hits, including an RBI. The Mariners clinched its 3rd game in a row over the Oakland Athletics 6 to 2.
For the first time Johjima killed a runner trying to steal to 3rd. He had a base hit. The Mariners won 6 to 4 against the LA Angels.
Johjima was awesome. In the 2nd inning, he homered. He's become the first Japanese to homer 2 games in a row from the opener. He had another base hit. The Mariners won this time 10 to 8 over the LA Angels.
Johjima officially became the first Japanese catcher to play in the Major Leagues. He was also on the starting line-up. He showed some good judgement to kill a runner sliding to 2nd instead of aiming home. In the 5th inning, he homered. However, the Mariners in the end lost 4 to 5 to LA Angels.
JOHJIMA officially joins the Mariners
He's going as Kenji Johjima. It's Johjima with an "h" as a member of the Seattle Mariners. He held a press conference on Jan 24 in Seattle, making introductory remarks in English. However, he asked that questions be asked in Japanese. He also showed his new uniform with a number 2.
Jojima is first Japanese catcher to join MLB
On Nov 21,2005 Kenji Jojima announced he has signed with the Seattle Mariners. It's a 3 year contract for 16.5 million dollars. The 29 year old award winning catcher had decided to become a free agent after his 10 years with the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks.
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