Full name is Norichika Aoki (pronounced noer-EECH-kuh AH-oh-kee)...resides in Tokyo, Japan with his wife, Sachi, who was a popular sports anchor for TV Tokyo from 2006- 10...the couple has a daughter, Emily, and a son, Takuto.
Nori got off to a slow start, but finished strong in his first season with the Royals...hit .285 with 22 doubles, six triples, a homer and 63 runs scored...Batted .379 (33-for-87) over the month of September, third-highest in the American League...his .432 OBP over the final month also ranked fourth in the A.L...his September batting average was his highest in a month since coming over from Japan prior to the 2012 season...Ranked fifth in the Major Leagues (third in the A.L.) with a .363 batting average (45-for-124) against left-handed pitching...it was also the highest average in baseball vs. lefties by a left-handed hitter...over his three seasons in the big leagues, Nori's .319 average against southpaws is 19th in the Majors...Set a club record with 11 hits in a series against the White Sox (September 15-17), going 11-for-13...also drew a pair of walks to reach base 13 times in the series, the first Major Leaguer to do this since Kevin Kouzmanoff did it (11 hits, walk, HBP) at Milwaukee, August 11-13, 2009... recorded consecutive four-hit games to open the series, becoming the first Royal to do that since Mark Teahen, August 22-23, 2006 vs. Cleveland...Became the third Royals player to record two outfield assists in an inning, August 8 vs. San Francisco, throwing out Hunter Pence at third base and Joaquin Arias at the plate in the third...Amos Otis (April 25, 1970 vs. Baltimore) and Bob Oliver (September 16, 1969 vs. Seattle) were the other Royals to do this...Hit his first career grand slam August 5 at Arizona, which was also his only HR of the year...also collected his second career walk-off hit on July 24 to beat Cleveland (2-1) with an RBI single in the 14th inning...Missed 18 games (June 21-July 11) with a strained left groin muscle and had a two-game rehab stint at Northwest Arkansas (AA).
Nori spent his second season with the Brewers, batting .286 with eight homers, 37 RBI and 20 stolen bases in 155games...made 146 starts, with 145 in right field and one in center field... Led the National League in singles (140)...tied for seventh in the league in multi-hit games (50) and tied for 10th in hits (171)...his 40 infield hits ranked second in the Major Leagues to former teammate Jean Segura (44)... Batted .339 (61-for-180) against left-handed pitching, which was the best average by a left-handed hitter in the Major Leagues and ranked seventh overall... Topped the club in games (155), at-bats (597), on-base percentage (.356) and walks (55)...tied teammate CarlosGomez for the team lead in runs (80)... Struck out just 40 times in 674 plate appearances, giving him the best at-bat to strikeout ratio (16.9) in the MajorLeagues...did not strike out in his final 60 plate appearances of the season...went 72 consecutive plate appearanceswithout striking out (May 25 to June 10), which was the longest streak by a Brewer since Fernando Vina also went72-straight plate appearances without a strikeout in 1998... Collected nine outfield assists, which tied for 10th-most in the National League... Recorded his first career four-hit game in the Major Leagues on his bobblehead day, April 7 vs. Arizona, going4-for-6 with three RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base... Collected his 1,500th career hit between the Japanese Central League (1,284) and Major Leagues vs. Oakland onJune 5 with an in?eld single off Bartolo Colon... Hit his 100th career home run between the Japanese Central League (84) and Major Leagues at Colorado on July 28, a solo shot off Jhoulys Chacin... Belted Milwaukee's only leadoff home run of the year on September 27 at New York Mets off Carlos Torres...itwas the second leadoff home run of his career, also doing it on September 19, 2012 at Pittsburgh... Named the Brewers' Unsung Hero as voted on by members of the Milwaukee Chapter of the BBWAA.