[4/23/2016] Koji Yamamoto dead at sixty-four

Former Yomiuri Giant Koji Yamamoto died of liver cancer at 1:41pm on April 23 at his home in Kitakyushu. He was sixty-four. Memorial services will be held on April 26.

Yamamoto was selected by Yomiuri in the fifth round of the 1975 draft. He was later traded to Lotte in 1984 and retired in 1988. He remained in the Lotte organization as a hitting coach (1989-1993 Ichi-gun, 1994 Ni-gun, 1995-1996 Ichi-gun) before moving up to manager (1997-1998 Ni-gun, 1999-2003 Ichi-gun). He returned to the Yomiuri organization for two years and then became a baseball analyst and commentator. He started taking things slow in 2008 because heart problems. His son Musashi was drafted by Yokohama last winter.

Source: Sponichi 4/23/2016Nikkan Sports 4/24/2016

Career Stats

Year Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI SB CS SH SF BB IBB HBP SO DP AVG OBP SLG OPS
1976 Yomiuri 67 68 66 5 18 1 0 1 22 7 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 13 0 .273 .294 .333 .627
1977 Yomiuri 89 98 94 6 26 5 0 2 37 18 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 13 1 .277 .296 .394 .690
1978 Yomiuri 87 116 102 11 30 2 2 3 45 24 0 0 1 3 8 1 2 12 1 .294 .348 .441 .789
1979 Yomiuri 117 232 220 24 64 12 0 5 91 29 1 0 1 2 8 2 1 24 4 .291 .316 .414 .730
1980 Yomiuri 106 137 124 6 29 7 1 1 41 20 0 0 1 2 8 0 2 17 3 .234 .287 .331 .617
1981 Yomiuri 95 197 179 16 43 8 0 4 63 17 0 2 0 2 14 5 2 16 6 .240 .299 .352 .651
1982 Yomiuri 107 284 254 29 56 5 2 13 104 33 5 1 4 2 21 3 3 44 6 .220 .286 .409 .695
1983 Yomiuri 78 131 117 15 33 6 0 5 54 15 0 0 3 1 8 2 2 19 5 .282 .336 .462 .797
1984 Lotte 125 487 429 49 129 28 2 10 191 66 4 1 6 7 42 1 3 45 8 .301 .362 .445 .807
1985 Lotte 122 449 413 45 121 19 0 10 170 67 1 4 3 4 29 2 0 30 22 .293 .336 .412 .748
1986 Lotte 85 240 221 16 58 11 0 4 81 26 0 2 2 2 13 0 2 26 9 .262 .307 .367 .673
1987 Lotte 95 274 251 29 80 12 0 6 110 42 2 0 2 0 18 0 3 34 5 .319 .371 .438 .810
1988 Lotte 44 65 53 2 12 4 1 0 18 5 0 1 1 0 11 4 0 13 1 .226 .359 .340 .699
  1217 2778 2523 253 699 120 8 64 1027 369 13 11 24 26 184 20 21 306 71 .277 .328 .407 .735

Awards/Other

  • Diamond Glove: first base: 1984-1985
  • All-Star Series: 1982, 1985

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