Kosuke Fukudome: Did You Know

Fukudome was selected by Yomiuri, Yakult, Chunichi, Lotte, Orix, Nippon Ham, and Kintetsu during the 1995 draft. He wanted to play for either Yomiuri or Chunichi, but Kintetsu won the pick. Kintetsu tried to persuade him to sign by saying they would trade him after three years, but that got the organization into trouble because it was against the rules.

Fukudome went on to play for for Nihon Seimei (Industrial League) and re-entered the draft three years later in 1998 and joined Chunichi using the reverse selection (gyaku shimei) rule.

Source: Daily Sports 6/25/2016


2017

Fukudome is slated to reprise his role as captain for the second straight year next season. Tomoaki Kanemoto told the veteran about his decision on November 25.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/27/2017, Daily Sports 11/27/2017, Sports Hochi 11/27/2017, Sponichi 11/27/2017


Milestones

September 3, 2017 vs Chunichi at Koshien Stadium – Fukudome recorded the 350th double of his career in the fourth inning against Shinnosuke Ogasawara and became the forty-first player in NPB history to reach the milestone.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/3/2017

As of May 3, 2017, Fukudome has recorded four or more hits in nineteen games — four hits in fifteen and five hits in four.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/4/2017

As of July 29, 2017, Fukudome has two pinch-hit home runs to his name.

  • August 14, 2001 against Yomiuri
  • July 29, 2017 against Chunichi

Source: Daily Sports 7/30/2017

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