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"BABY SHARK" HEADED TO JAPAN. A fan gestures the baby shark while wearing a shark hat as Gerardo Parra of the Washington Nationals bats during the sixth inning of Game 3 of the baseball World Series against the Houston Astros in Washington. The "Baby Shark" is moving to Japan. Outfielder Gerardo Parra has agreed to a contract with the Central League champion Yomiuri Giants, according to the team. The 32-year-old outfielder became a fan favorite at Nationals Park this year for his "Baby Shark" walkup song, a tribute to the musical taste of his two-year-old daughter Aaliyah. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

From The Asian Reporter, V29, #23 (December 2, 2019), page 8.

Shark crosses the Pacific: Parra joins Yomiuri Giants

TOKYO (AP) ó The "Baby Shark" is moving to Japan.

Outfielder Gerardo Parra has agreed to a $2-million, one-year contract with the Central League champion Yomiuri Giants.

As part of the agreement, Parra can earn $500,000 in bonuses next year. The deal includes a $3-million option for 2021 that could become guaranteed.

A two-time Gold Glove winner and a backup on this yearís World Series champion Washington Nationals, the 32-year-old outfielder has a .276 batting average with 88 home runs and 522 Runs Batted In (RBI) over 11 major league seasons.

He became a fan favorite at Nationals Park this year for his "Baby Shark" walkup song, a tribute to the musical taste of his two-year-old daughter Aaliyah. Fans and teammates made shark-inspired hand gestures after each hit, including pinching together an index finger and thumb after singles. Some players worked out wearing headbands with the image of a cartoon shark, and some fans attended games in shark costumes.

A native of Venezuela, Parra hit .250 with eight home runs and 42 RBIs in 89 games for the Nationals after spending the first 30 games of the 2019 season with the San Francisco Giants.

He started his big league career with Arizona in 2009 and also has played for Milwaukee, Baltimore, and Colorado.

The Tokyo-based Giants are Japanís oldest professional team and won the Central League pennant for the first time in five years before getting swept by Fukuoka in the Japan Series.

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