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It's evident that Tanaka's stats are among the best of any pitcher in the world. But there is constant concern that he, like many Japanese pitchers before him, will be a big league bust. However, don't make the mistake of judging him on the failed potential of other Japanese pitchers.
If Japan is again to win the World Baseball Classic, the nation has one man to thank. His name is Hiromitsu Ochiai and in his time there was no better player in the land.