Wednesday, July 4, 2012
WSC Birth Years: Kosuke Fukudome
Born: April 26, 1977
In February 2012, Kosuke Fukudome signed with the Chicago White Sox as their fourth outfielder. Fukudome has a reputation in the majors for having hot starts before fading down the stretch. It made sense to exploit that history for early season gains, especially when there were many question marks in the Sox outfield. As luck would have it, the South Siders outfield gelled quickly, leaving Kosuke a much smaller role to fill on the team.
Fukudome started off in grand fashion, pinch hitting for Alexei Ramirez in the ninth inning of a game against the Rangers in Arlington, Texas. He hit a solid line drive single to left off of Rangers relief pitcher Koji Uehara, but that initial success was short lived. Kosuke played in twenty-four games for the ChiSox, mostly as a spot starter, pinch hitter or defensive replacement. He hit a MLB career low .171 and could only get seven hits and four RBI in forty-one at-bats. Once outfielder Jordan Danks was called up, Kosuke became the odd man out on the roster. Fukudome was designated for assignment by the White Sox on June 26, 2012.