[8/2/2016] Takahiro Arai blasts 300th home run

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.

Source: Sponichi 8/2/2016, Sponichi 8/3/2016Sports Hochi 8/2/2016

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Road the 300 Home Runs

# Date Opponent Pitcher Venue
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

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