Aoki with the Tokyo Yakult Swallows in 2018
|Tokyo Yakult Swallows – No. 23|
|Born: January 5, 1982|
Hyūga, Miyazaki, Japan
|NPB: July 17, 2004, for the Yakult Swallows|
|MLB: April 6, 2012, for the Milwaukee Brewers|
|NPB statistics |
(through 2020 season)
|Runs batted in||561|
|MLB statistics |
(through 2017 season)
|Runs batted in||219|
|Career highlights and awards|
|World Series Champion
Norichika "Nori" Aoki (青木 宣親, Aoki Norichika, born January 5, 1982) is a Japanese professional baseball outfielder for the Tokyo Yakult Swallows of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB). He previously played for the Milwaukee Brewers, Kansas City Royals, San Francisco Giants, Seattle Mariners, Houston Astros, Toronto Blue Jays and New York Mets of Major League Baseball (MLB).
Aoki is one of only six players, alongside Ichiro Suzuki, Matt Murton, Alex Ramirez, Tsuyoshi Nishioka, and Shogo Akiyama, to amass 200 or more hits in a single season in Japanese professional baseball, and the only individual to do so in two separate seasons. He played in the 2006 and 2009 World Baseball Classics as well as the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and represented Japan in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.