Matt Murton thrives in Japanese setting

Playing for Hanshin Tigers in 2010, outfielder broke Ichiro's single-season hits record

Originally Published: January 7, 2011
By Anna Katherine Clemmons | ESPN The Magazine

The day of Oct. 5, 2010, was a quiet one for the eventual World Series champion San Francisco Giants. They'd finished their regular season on Oct. 3 with a win over the San Diego Padres and were two days away from beginning the National League Division Series against the Atlanta Braves.

But over 5,000 miles away across the Pacific Ocean, 28,000 baseball fans stood inside Tokyo's Jingu Stadium, cheering and watching as they waited for the crowning of a new champion. Some fans waved ...

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