Maki Ofuji is no longer technically an MLB wife. So, she isn’t eligible for the 2010 Baseball’s Hottest Wives contest.
It’s a shame that husband, Kenjie Johjima, the only Japanese-born catcher to ever play in the MLB, has decided to opt-out of his contract with the Seattle Mariners to return to play for the Yakult Swallows. Johjima cited family reasons as the main factor for him wanting to return to Japan after the 2009 season. The 33-year-old proved to be a solid mixed-league backstop in his first two seasons in the Majors, but he struggled in ’08 and was slowed by injuries before finishing ’09 with a .247 average, nine homers and 22 RBIs in 71 games.
Johjima’s departure created an opening for Rob Johnson and Adam Moore to take over behind the plate in Seattle. And, Seattle must wish Kenjie was back. Johnson is hitting .143-1-4-1 on the year and Moore is at .163-0-2-0. Johnson has played in 118 MLB games, yet his lifetime batting average remains below the Mendoza line (.198). Ouch!
Enough of these stats. Let’s look at what the Mariners really left behind.