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Rise and Phight: 12/19/2023

How good would it be to be the first Japanese star in Philadelphia?

Championship Series - Arizona Diamondbacks v. Philadelphia Phillies - Game Six Photo by Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via Getty Images

As New York and Los Angeles make their pitches to Yoshinobu Yamamoto, one has to wonder if the allure to being the first Japanese star in Philadelphia has any motivation to him. Los Angeles had Nomo-mania (and now has Ohtani), New York had Hideki Irabu, Hideki Matsui and Masahiro Tanaka, what has Philadelphia had?

Nothing.

He’d have a bigger chance to pull down endorsements around the city that could be very impactful. Maybe it’s something he’d consider.

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