Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) has agreed to post their premier player Shohei Ohtani; this posting process will make him available for any of the 30 Major League Baseball teams to sign. Ohtani is often referred to as the Japanese Babe Ruth, and excels as both a pitcher and hitter. He has played for the Nippon-Ham Fighters in NPB for five years.
Ohtani won't be the first player to come over from Japan to play in MLB. Accomplished major leaguers like Yu Darvish, Masahiro Tanaka, Hisashi Iwakuma and Ichiro Suzuki have all followed the path from NPB to MLB. Here are a few fast facts you need to know about Nippon Profession Baseball, or "Puro Yakyu" as it is sometimes referred to in Japan.