Former-Chicago Cubs Outfielder Kosuke Fukudome Officially Declares Retirement

There are four minor Major League managers younger than Kosuke Fukudome, who finished up his final professional season in 2022.

The 45-year-old came over to the states in 2008 at the age of 31, ready to make his impact as a spry young rookie. Having already risen to the highest heights of Nippon Professional Baseball, Fukudome came to America looking for a challenge in ending baseball’s longest title drought.

He was unfortunately unable to end that long standing curse, but in 2008, he helped propel the Chicago Cubs to their first back-to-back playoff appearances in a century (their last coming in 1907 and 1908).

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