‘Mr. Baseball’ endures as go-to resource for players headed to Japan

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Sure as leaves flutter to the ground and turkey gobbles fill the air, a fall baseball tradition, too, is about to be renewed.

The twelve teams of Nippon Professional Baseball have begun their annual courting of foreign talent to play in Japan next season. Many who accept offers will surely prepare for the experience the same way those before them have for 30 years: by watching “Mr. Baseball.”

The comedy stars Tom Selleck as Jack Elliot, a former superstar for the New York Yankees who is struggling to recapture his greatness. He is called into his manager’s office and told they shopped him around, but there was only one taker: the Chunichi Dragons in Japan.

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