Takahiro Arai blasted the 300th home run of his career tonight. The milestone homer came in the second inning with a runner on first, no out, and Masanori Ishikawa on the mound for the Yakult Swallows.
Arai is the forty-second player in NPB history to hit 300 home runs. He set a new record by hitting his 300th home run in his 2,179th game. No other player has needed more games to reach the milestone. The previous record of 1,862 games was set by Makoto Matsubara in 1978. At thirty-nine years and six months, he is the second oldest player to hit 300 home runs. The oldest was Kazuhiro Wada at forty-one years and nine months.
Arai is one of twenty-five players to record both 300 home runs and 2,000 hits.
Road the 300 Home Runs
|1||06/06/1999||Chunichi||Noguchi, Shigeki||Hamamatsu Stadium|
|50||05/29/2002||Chunichi||Ochiai, Eiji||Miyagi Baseball Stadium|
|100||04/03/2005||Yomiuri||Sikorski, Brian||Tokyo Dome|
|150||06/02/2006||Lotte||Kobayashi, Hiroyuki||Onomichi Shimanami Stadium|
|200||05/31/2008||Nippon Ham||Sweeney, Brian||Sapporo Dome|
|250||09/28/2011||Yakult||Shichijo, Yuki||Jingu Stadium|
|300||08/02/2016||Yakult||Ishikawa, Masanori||Jingu Stadium|