My Japan Journey podcast - episode
From JET to the New York Yankees
"I could not do enough to give back everything that Japan has given me."
George Rose is the Executive Advisor of Pacific Rim Operations for the New York Yankees, a position he has held since 2007. Prior to that, he opened and ran an office in Tokyo for the Yankees from 2007-2009 and served as the Director of Pacific Rim Operations. He also serves as an advisor for Japan's Yomiuri Giants baseball team and the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper.
His work with the New York Yankees first began in 1998 when he served as the translator for pitcher Hideki Irabu, the first Japanese baseball player to sign a Major League contract with the Yankees. An integral part of the team thanks to his excellent translation abilities and camaraderie with the players, George was cited in numerous newspaper and magazine articles as a major reason why Mr. Irabu successfully assimilated into the Yankee team. He was also credited by Sports Illustrated in its 1998 World Series Commemorative Issue as one of "10 Keys to '98" for the baseball team with the best record ever.
George has received three World Series rings with the New York Yankees: in 1998 and 1999 for his work with Hideki Irabu and in 2009 for in his role at the time as the Director of Pacific Rim Operations for the team in Tokyo.
In addition, George received an MBA from Columbia University in 2000 and has other business interests in real estate and consulting.
Kuty, Brendan. “Masahiro Tanaka News: Stories Convinced Yankees' Advisor He Was the Real Deal.” NJ.com, 24 Feb. 2014.
Olney, Buster. “BASEBALL: Taking Irabu at His Word; Yankees' Interpreter Is Translating a Season to Remember.” The New York Times, 7 Aug. 1998, Sec. C, p. 1.