[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 Takahiro Ikeyama in 1991 and 1992.

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

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