MESA, Ariz. -- Outfielder Kosuke Fukudome, who earned an All-Star start based on his sizzling first two months in the majors before spiraling the rest of the season, made his first stop in the Cubs' clubhouse this morning before Japan played an exhibition game at HoHoKam Park.
Fukudome said that for the first time in his professional career, he began the offseason with a hitting program.
Fukudome also said he plans to speak up more about his situation during Year 2 in America. As for being benched down the stretch and in the playoffs, it's clear the former Japanese star is still stinging.
''It didn't feel good at all,'' Fukudome said.