Kosuke Fukudome (no middle name according to cubs.com) is a CF (still listed as RF on cubs.com) who was imported from Japan. He had a rocky start to his MLB career, but mainly because people expected more, and it still was good for a rookie, however Fukudome was MLB rookie, but a veteran in Nippon Professional baseball, where he played for the Chunichi Dragons. In 2008, Fukudome batted .257 with a .359 OBP and 10 home runs in 150 games. Fukudome was much ebtter in the first month of the season, but declined each month after that. On Opening Day of 2008, Fukudome went 3-for-3 including a 9th inning, game-tying, 3-run home run. The Cubs lost in extra innings to the Milwaukee Brewers.
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