- Jerry Crasnick, ESPN.com MLB Sr. Writer
Kenji Johjima is enough of a mystery in the United States that he was two weeks into his free-agent tour before American media outlets began spelling his surname correctly. Somewhere between Fukuoka and Seattle, the "h" in the middle accidentally took a hike.
Now that Johjima is signed, spelled and delivered -- having agreed to terms on a three-year, $16.5 million deal with the Mariners -- here's a mini-primer on baseball's newest Japanese import:
Johjima is 29 years old and comes from the Japanese coastal town of Sasebo, located between Fukuoka and Nagasaki on the map. He's married with two children and is a "country boy" at heart, in the words of agent Alan Nero. After baseball, Johjima's second-favorite pursuit is fishing.
The game of new Mariners catcher Kenji Johjima isn't expected to be lost in translation.