Recently, I've been searching high and low for autographed cards of some of my favorite Asian imports. For some reason players like Nomo, Park, Kuroda and Ishii had not yet found their way into my collection, so I am happy to share with you a recent purchase that changes that situation just a bit.
Check out a 2002 Topps 206 mini autographed card of Kaz Ishii in this post. This card came out during his rookie year in America, so I guess it's a rookie card.
Ishii did not spend a great deal of time in the Majors. He played 3 years for the Dodgers and was traded to the Mets for Jason Phillips; where he played a season before being released. Then, he unceremoniously returned to Japan to pitch in the Pacific League. From my understanding, he continued to pitch in Japan until retiring last year.
Via a Japan Times story:
“I’ve been thinking that the time has come,” said Ishii. “I still want to win and feel like I can still play, but I have become tired of the preparations required to do this,” he said.Kasuhisa Ishii won a total of 182 games over a 21-year career in America and Japan.
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