Baseball: Japanese slugger Murakami will be assigned to MLB after 2025

Yakult Swallows record-breaking Munetaka Murakami will be assigned to the major leagues after the 2025 season.

The 22-year-old third baseman, who became Japan’s youngest Triple Crown winner this year, signed a three-year contract worth an estimated 600 million yen ($4.4 million) on Friday. ) per year with the Central League club.

Munetaka Murakami of the Yakult Swallows hits his 56th home run of the season in the seventh inning of a Central League game against the DeNA BayStars on October 3, 2022 at Jingu Stadium in Tokyo. (Essonne News)

His contract for the past season was estimated at 220 million yen plus incentives.

Murakami has hit 56 home runs this year, surpassing Sadaharu Oh’s record (55), set in 1964, for a player born in Japan.

Wladimir Balentien holds the Nippon Professional Baseball single-season home run record after hitting 60 for the Swallows in 2013.

Murakami hit .318 and had 134 RBI to become the eighth Triple Crown winner in Japanese baseball history, while helping the Swallows win their second straight Central League championship.

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