NPB: Former Yankees third baseman and a Brazilian pitcher return to Japan with Yomiuri Giants

The Yomiuri Giants of Nippon Professional Baseball they have rehired the law Brazilian Thyago Vieira and first baseman / outfielder Zelous Wheeler. Both players will enter their third season with the Giants, although Wheeler is an NPB veteran, having also played with Rakuten Golden Eagles from 2015-2019.

Vieira pitched 25 2/3 innings in parts of three seasons with the Seattle Mariners and Chicago White Sox 2017-19, with a 7.36 ERA to show from this brief Major League test:

Wheeler turns 35 next month, and while his only major league experience was 62 plate appearances with the Yankees in 2014, the veteran is now set to enter his sixteenth season as a professional.

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Wheeler, who was selected in the Brewers’ 19th round in 2007, spent eight years in the Milwaukee, Baltimore and New York organizations before embarking on what has become a long stint in Japan.

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Rafael Martinez

I am fond of the King of Sports, especially the Boston Red Sox in MLB and in general all of Mexican baseball. This profession has given me the opportunity to cover major events such as the Caribbean Series, the LMB All Star, LMP (uninterrupted since 2009), signings of important players. I had the chance to attend the 2013 World Classic in Arizona, USA, albeit as a fan. Apart from this beautiful sport, I love basketball, where I have also narrated games and even an NBA friendly 10 years ago, but I carry baseball in my veins. Graduated in Communication Sciences from the Autonomous University of Sinaloa (UAS) , from which I graduated in 2011. I was born in Mazatlán, Sinaloa and started in the world of sports journalism in 2004 in the newspaper El Sol de Mazatlán, where I was a baseball columnist and reporter at the same time. In January 2009 I came to El Debate as a journalist reporter and it was almost six years (in the first stage), until in November 2014 I emigrated to the radio providing my services in Línea Directa-Grupo RSN. My cycle there ended in July 2019 and within days, El Debate gave me another opportunity to work and opened the doors for me again. That is how I came to Al Bat, where I have been since 2019 as a web journalist.

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NPB: Former Yankees third baseman and a Brazilian pitcher return to Japan with Yomiuri Giants