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Can you name the major leaguers that have hit 30+ HR in a season in Japan (NPB) since 1980?

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Name; # of 30 HR seasons (NPB)PlayerMLB and misc info; NPB info
Hideki ___; 7NYY, etc. (2003-2012) – originally from Japan, had 4 100+ RBI seasons for Yankees; NPB: 3-time MVP, 9-time all-star, high of 50 HR, hit over 300 career HR
Karl 'Tuffy' ___; 7HOU, CHC, etc. (1990-1995) – hit 3 HR on opening day in 1994 (CHC); NPB: high of 55 HR (former single-season co-champion), won an MVP in 2001, hit over 450 career HR, all-time leader for HR and RBI for foreign-born player
Alex ___; 6ARI (2000) – from Venezuela, homered in first major league AB (ARI); NPB: high of 55 HR (former single-season co-champion), won an MVP in 2002, hit over 350 career HR
Alex ___; 6CLE, PIT (1998-2000) – from Venezuela; NPB: high of 49 HR, won consecutive MVP awards, hit over 350 career HR, first foreign player to reach 2000 hits in NPB
Norihiro ___; 5LAD (2005) – originally from Japan, signed with Mets in 2002 but rejected deal after the news leaked early; NPB: high of 46 HR, hit over 400 career HR
Roberto ___; 5SDP, NYM, etc. (1994-2006) – from Venezuela, traded by HOU to SDP as part of 12-player deal; NPB: high of 44 HR, won an MVP in 2001
Ralph ___; 5LAD (1985-1987) – 1st round DP of Dodgers in 1981; NPB: high of 49 HR, won an MVP in 1989, hit 3 HR in a game 5 times, has NPB record for K’s in a season
Greg 'Boomer' ___; 5TOR, MIN (1981-1982) – shares nickname “Boomer” w/ former Yankee pitcher of same last name; NPB: high of 42 HR, won an MVP in 1984
Wladimir ___; 4SEA, etc. (2007-2009) – from Curacao; NPB: high of 60 HR in 2013 (all-time single-season champion), won an MVP in 2013
Matt ___; 4KCR (1989) – 1st round DP of Yankees in 1978
Orestes ___; 4FLA, etc. (1987-1994) – from Cuba, led Marlins with 20 HR in their debut year, has worked as a broadcaster for ESPN and Rays organization; NPB: high of 42 HR, led league in HR for 3 straight years
Randy ___; 4SDP, etc. (1977-1982) – elected to the Oklahoma State Senate; NPB: high of 54 HR, highest single-season BA (.389), won four straight batting titles and back-to-back triple crowns, won an MVP in 1985
Tony ___; 4KCR, CAL, etc. (1968-1979) – had just 1 AB for Yankees in 1968 and didn’t return to majors until 1974, from American Samoa; NPB: high of 45 HR
Akinori ___; 3TBD/TBR, etc. (2007-2010) – originally from Japan, led league in fielding at 3B in rookie year; NPB: high of 44 HR
Kenji ___; 3SEA (2006-2009) – originally from Japan, set record for most hits by a rookie catcher; NPB: won an MVP in 2003
Tony ___; 3WSN (2005) – from the Dominican Republic; NPB: high of 41 HR
George ___; 3CAL/ANA, SDP (1996-1999) – former top 3B prospect for Angels
Nigel ___; 3FLA, CIN, CLE (1993-1996) – 2nd pick in the 1992 expansion draft (for the Marlins), from Canada; NPB: hit 4 HR in one game in 1996
Warren ___; 3MON, KCR (1974-1991) – 1st round DP of Expos in 1973, hit over .300 in return to MLB in 1991 (KCR); NPB: won an MVP in 1989, hit .363 in 1986 and .378 in 1989
Leron ___; 3 *STL, SDP (1969-1976) – 1st round DP of Cardinals in 1966, uncle of former Cubs slugger; NPB: led with .358 avg. in 1980
Kosuke ___; 2CHC, etc. (2008-2012) – originally from Japan, an All-star w/ Cubs in first year in MLB; NPB: won an MVP in 2006
Kazuo ___; 2NYM, COL, HOU (2004-2010) – originally from Japan, homered in first AB of first 3 MLB seasons; NPB: won an MVP in 1998, had a .330 avg. and 30-30 season in 2002
Aaron ___; 2KCR, etc. (2002-2006) – from Canada, debuted at age 29; NPB: homered in 5 straight games in 2007
Julio ___; 2CHC (2000-2001) – from Panama; NPB: high of 43 HR, hit 3 HR in a game twice
Jose ___; 2MON, ANA (1999-2001) – from the Dominican Republic, shares a name with 2013 NL ROY winner
Fernando ___; 2MON, etc. (1998-2003) – from Panama; NPB: high of 44 HR (best for a switch hitter in Japan)
Domingo ___; 2TOR (1992-1993) – from the Dominican Republic, batted .409 in 22 AB in MLB, a cousin of Francisco Cordero
Leo ___; 2BAL, CHC (1990-1996) – from Puerto Rico
Luis ___; 2LAD, CLE (1990-1991) – 2nd round DP by Dodgers in 1983, played both C and 1B for Indians
Carlos ___; 2MIL (1985) – from Puerto Rico
Mike ___: 2CHC, PIT, CHW (1983-1988) – hit 12 HR in 97 games and led team in pinch hits as a rookie in 1986
Wayne ___; 2CLE (1978-1979) – 3rd round DP of Indians in 1971, pitched some in the minors
Dick ___; 2MIL, etc. (1977-1982) – a cousin of Enos Cabell and Ken Landreaux; NPB: high of 40 HR, homered in 6 straight games in 1985, had a .331 career avg. before being released due to drug possession charge
Brad ___; 1PIT, etc. (2005-2012) – has over 250 minor league HR, hit 12 HR in 190 AB in 2005 (PIT)
Tadahito ___; 1CHW, etc. (2005-2008) – originally from Japan, 1st Japanese-born player to win World Series (White Sox); NPB: had a 30-40 season in 2001
Craig ___; 1NYM, KCR (2004-2007); NPB: high of 47 HR
Wily Mo ___; 1CIN, BOS, WSN (2002-2011) – from the Dominican Republic
Greg ___; 1SDP, CLE (2000-2003); NPB: high of 40 HR, broke NPB record for HBP in 2007
Jose ___; 1OAK, COL (2000-2002) – from the Dominican Republic, hit 13 HR in 53 games after 2001 trade to Rockies; NPB: hit HR in first AB and hit for cycle in debut season
Scott ___; 1TBD, CHC, SFG (1998-2008) – had 292 minor league HR including more than 250 at AAA, hit 1st MLB HR at age 36 (oldest for a non-pitcher since 1955)
Benny ___; 1NYM, etc. (1998-2002) – earned the nickname “Hawaiian Punch”
Adam ___; 1ANA, etc. (1997-2004) – former Dodgers prospect, known for wearing a uniform with team name misspelled in 2003 (ANA)
Micah ___; 1STL (1997) – 3rd round DP of Mets in 1990, hit .324 in 34 AB in MLB
Eddy ___; 1MIL (1997) – from Venezuela, also played in Korea
Angel ___; 1COL, MIL, CHC (1996-2002) – hit 11 HR in 191 AB in 1999 (COL)
Dwayne ___; 1BOS (1995-1996) – called up by KCR in 2004 but didn’t play in a game before strike occurred
Frank ___; 1MON, ANA (1993-1998); NPB: Had 0-for-51 streak
Sherman ___; 1BAL, MON (1993-1997) – from Panama
Ty ___ (2 wds); 1CAL, COL (1993-1994) – hitting coach for Indians, former bench coach for Mariners
Phil ___; 1DET, SDP, BOS (1992-1996) – 1st round DP of Tigers in 1986, hit .407 in 23 games in 1992 (DET), brother Jerald also played several years for Padres
Troy ___; 1OAK (1992-1994) – also played in Korea
Derrick ___; 1CHC, etc. (1990-1999) - 1st round DP of Cubs in 1986
Bobby ___; 1CAL (1989-1992); NPB: highest single-season BA for a righty (.369) and 2nd highest in RBI (153), hit for 3 cycles (highest all-time)
Glenn ___; 1MIL, CIN (1986-1992) – 2nd round DP of Brewers in 1983
Jack ___; 1CAL/ANA, SDP, HOU (1985-1999) – former hitting coach for D-backs; NPB: won an MVP in 1992
Cecil ___; 1TOR, DET, NYY, etc. (1985-1998) – hit 51 HR in 1990 (DET), son Prince also played for Tigers
Tony ___; 1LAD (1984) – brother Mike was a first draft pick of Royals in 1979
Rick ___; 1SDP, SFG, BOS (1982-1990) – hit 276 minor league HR, played in Canada, Colombia, Italy, Japan, Mexico and Venezuela
Tom O'___; 1SFG, BAL, NYM, etc. (1982-1990); NPB: won an MVP in 1995, hit over .300 for 6 straight seasons (a record for foreign players)
Mike ___; 1DET, STL, SFG (1982-1990) – 1st round DP of Tigers in 1980, hit .199 in parts of 9 MLB seasons
Gary ___: 1NYM, SFG, etc. (1982-1985) – brother Dave pitched for NYY and TEX, worked as a scout (signing Lester for Red Sox)
Mel ___; 1CHC, CLE, NYY, etc. (1981-1996) – 2nd round DP by Cubs in 1978, sentenced to prison time in 2009
Tony ___; 1CHW, CLE, etc. (1979-1991) – from Puerto Rico, had 0 for 44 hitless streak in 1984, worked in Mets organization for Omar Minaya
Bob ___; 1ATL, etc. (1978-1988) – 1st OA DP in 1978 draft (ATL), went directly to majors and won ROY in same year drafted, 3 seasons w/ 30+ HR, hit 4 HR in a game in 1986 (ATL)
Willie ___; 1TOR, etc. (1978-1988) – had 27 HR and 104 RBI in 1983 (TOR)
Jesus 'Bombo' ___; 1MIN, etc. (1975-1982) – from Puerto Rico, subject of a song by Garrison Keillor
Larry ___; 1MON, TEX, etc. (1974-1988) – had 30+ HR seasons in 1979 (MON) and 1987 (TEX), had 4 career 3 HR games, managed Tigers (1998-1999); NPB: high of 42 HR
Ken ___; 1PIT, MON, etc. (1974-1981) – managed for A’s and Brewers (2003-2010)
Terry ___; 1SFG, LAD, etc. (1974-1986) – 1st round DP of Yankees in 1971
Jim ___; 1OAK, CHC (1972-1977) – brother Wayne also played for Cubs
Jim ___; 1 *NYY, MON, etc. (1969-1976) – 1st round DP of Yankees in 1966; NPB: had a 472 consecutive games streak
Charlie (Chuck) ___; 1 *MIN, LAD (1969-1975 – has managed for Indians and Phillies; NPB: high of 48 HR, won an MVP in 1979

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