TOKYO -- The "Baby Shark" is moving to Japan.
Outfielder Gerardo Parra has agreed to a contract with the Central League champion Yomiuri Giants, the team said Tuesday.
A two-time Gold Glove winner and a backup for this year's World Series champion Washington Nationals, the 32-year-old outfielder has a .276 batting average with 88 home runs and 522 RBIs over 11 major league seasons.
After arriving in Washington and wanting to break out of a slump, Parra changed his walk-up song to "Baby Shark," after seeing his 2-year-old daughter, Aaliyah, dancing to it. The children's song became an anthem for the Nationals as they rallied from a 19-31 start to make the playoffs and eventually win their first World Series title.
Fans and teammates made shark-inspired hand gestures after each hit, including pinching together an index finger and thumb after singles. Some players worked out while wearing headbands with the image of a cartoon shark, and some fans attended games in shark costumes.
Earlier this month, during an appearance on "CBS This Morning," Parra said the "Baby Shark" song "is inside my heart" because it gave him the chance to win a championship and made kids at the ballpark happy whenever he walked up for an at-bat.
A native of Venezuela, Parra hit .250 with eight home runs and 42 RBIs in 89 games for the Nationals after spending the first 30 games of the 2019 season with the San Francisco Giants.
He started his big league career with Arizona in 2009 and also has played for Milwaukee, Baltimore and Colorado.
The Tokyo-based Giants are Japan's oldest professional team and won the Central League pennant in September for the first time in five years before getting swept by Fukuoka in the Japan Series.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.