International Baseball Scout

Called Up to Major League Baseball

Show students how one baseball fan turned his love of the game into a career as an international baseball scout for the Seattle Mariners.

In a story that will hit home with your students, Hide Sueyoshi tells how his ability to speak Japanese and English led him to the Mariners just as they obtained the rights to negotiate with Ichiro, the best baseball player in Japan. Hide, a native of Osaka, Japan, who began studying English in the first grade, helped the Mariners sign Ichiro, and after Ichiro came to Seattle, Hide served as his interpreter.

In this video packed with action shots of Ichiro (courtesy of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc.), Hide describes growing up in Japan, going to college in the U.S., where he played baseball both for the love of the game and to practice English, and working as a major league baseball scout.

Running time: 6 minutes

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