[6/12/2016] Tetsuto Yamada first to twenty two years in a row

Tetsuto Yamada became the first player in the Central League to hit twenty home runs during a game against the Chiba Lotte Marines at QVC Marine on June 11.

  • Yamada recorded his twentieth home run in his team’s eighty-sixth game of the year last year. He reached twenty in his team’s sixty-fifth game this year.
  • Yamada is the first player in the Central League to make it twenty home runs in a season two years in a row since Wladimir Balentien in 2011 and 2012, the first Japanese player since Hideki Matsui in 1997 and 1998, and the first Japanese Yakult player since┬áTakahiro Ikeyama in 1991 and 1992.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/12/2016, Sponichi 6/12/2016

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