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Kenji Johjima Jōjima Kenji (城島 健司?, born June 8, 1976 in Sasebo, Japan) (English pronunciation: /ˈdʒoʊdʒiːmə/) is a catcher in Major League Baseball who plays for the Seattle Mariners in the American League.

On November 21, 2005, Johjima and the Seattle Mariners agreed to a $16.5 million, three-year contract. Prior to signing with the Mariners, he played in Japan for the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks team in the Pacific League who drafted him in 1999. Johjima also played in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens for Japan. On April 25, 2008, the Mariners and Johjima agreed to a three-year contract extension, terms of which were not immediately available.

A seven-time All-Star for the Hawks, Johjima became a free agent after hitting .309 with 24 home runs and 57 RBI in 116 games, during the 2005 season, which was cut short by two injuries including a broken leg which ended his 2005 season prematurely.

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