On September 11, 2008 — Junichi Tazawa, expected to be a first-round pick in the Nippon Pro Baseball amateur draft, announces that he does not want to be selected so he can sign with a Major League Baseball club. Tazawa was named MVP of the 2008 industrial league tournament and pitched for Japan in the 2007 Baseball World Cup. He will sign with the Boston Red Sox and make his major league debut in 2009.
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