Masahiro Tanaka comes to Yankees with pop star wife, Mai Satoda

Masahiro Tanaka comes to Yankees  with pop star wife, Mai Satoda

Satoda became a  household name in Japan when she appeared on a ‘Jeopardy!’-style show called  ‘Quiz! Hexagon.’ Her appeal stemmed from her routinely fielding trivia questions  and giving answers that were incorrect — by a wide margin.

  By      / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Thursday, January 23, 2014, 12:12 AM

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Mai Satoda, the wife of Masahiro Tanaka, is a star in Japan. Will she be in  the United States?

With apologies to Hideki Matsui, the Yankees’ signing of Masahiro Tanaka  just gave the Bombers a Godzilla-sized ace for their starting rotation, and  Gotham’s newest celebrity power couple.

Carmelo and La La, take note.

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Lost in all the immediate buzz of the ace righthander Tanaka’s talents  coming to the Bronx is the pitcher’s wife, entertainment and pop star Mai  Satoda, who is four years her husband’s senior. The 25-year-old Tanaka may be  known for his sparkling 24-0 record last year with the Rakuten Golden Eagles and  for his split-finger fastball, but Satoda has made her own stamp in the Land of  the Rising Sun, with her pop music and TV background.

Satoda (c.) is a beloved baseball wife in Japan.

Satoda (c.) is a beloved baseball  wife in Japan.

Satoda, who turns 30 on March 29, has been associated with several musical  acts, including the all-girl pop group Country Musume (which translated means  “Country Girls”), which formed in 1999. The group has gone through several  incarnations, with Satoda joining in 2002. The band folded in the late  2000s.

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But according to several Japanese reporters, Satoda became a household name  when she appeared on a “Jeopardy!”-style show called “Quiz! Hexagon.” Satoda’s  appeal stemmed from her routinely fielding trivia questions and giving answers  that were incorrect — by a wide margin.

“In the (Country Musume) group, she was not as famous,” said one Japanese TV  reporter, who asked not to be named. “When she joined ‘Quiz! Hexagon,’ then she  became very famous. She would always give the wrong answer, and in Japan, the  audience likes that. It’s a little cute and funny.”

Masahiro Tanaka will compete under the bright lights of New York City and Yankee Stadium.

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Masahiro Tanaka will compete under  the bright lights of New York City and Yankee Stadium.

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The reporter added that although Satoda’s role on the show might come across  as “ditzy,” Mrs. Tanaka was “not looked down upon.

“She became fairly popular. It wasn’t like Paris Hilton,” said the reporter.  “She was well-liked for being ditzy.” Tanaka and Satoda married in 2012.

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Satoda, a pop star, gained notoriety on the Japanese game show 'Quiz! Hexagon.'

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Satoda, a pop star, gained notoriety  on the Japanese game show ‘Quiz! Hexagon.’

During the Tanaka courting process by major league teams, several reports  said that Satoda was trying to influence her husband to choose the Dodgers,  presumably so she might get a foothold in the Hollywood scene.

But Hiroshi Kanda, an editor with Kyodo News who covered Matsui’s Yankee  tenure, said that Satoda was more a “girl-next-door” talent who “cares more  about Tanaka than her career.”

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“She is one of the most beloved baseball wives (in Japan),” Kanda said. “But  I don’t think she’s thinking about her career now.”

That sentiment appeared to be the case last October when Satoda responded to  many fans’ concerns about Tanaka’s health following his apparent barehanded  catch during the playoffs.

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“He’s OK because the ball made a hop before he caught it,” Satoda wrote on  her blog. “It wasn’t a direct catch, that would have been scary!”

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