Masataka Yoshida: Did You Know

Milestones

2018

August 9 vs Seibu at Kyocera Dome – Yoshida launched the first grand slam of his career (fifth inning off Tatsuya Imai).

Source: Sports Hochi 8/9/2018, Daily Sports 8/9/2018

October 4 vs Softbank at Kyocera Dome – Yoshida recorded the first walk-off hit of his career (ninth inning, RBI double to right, off Ren Kajiya).

Source: Sponichi 10/5/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/5/2018


Miscellaneous

2016

Yoshida purchased a duralumin bat case before he returned to the active roster this month. It was a special order case that cost over 200,000 yen. He decided to buy the case after he learned that white ash bats were sensitive to moisture (he switched to white ash from maple).

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/30/2016, Sponichi 8/30/2016

2017

Yoshida is planning to head into the 2017 season with three kinds of bats: aodamo, white ash, and maple. All three kinds will be between 900 to 910 grams and 85.5 centimeters long. He will swap bats based on how he is feeling at the time.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/1/2017

The media learned on October 11 that Yoshida turned down an offer to make the Samurai Japan roster for the Asia Pro Yakyu Championship 2017 tournament because he recently had surgery to drain an abscess from his buttocks.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/12/2017


Relationships and Family

2018

December 10 – The media learned that Yoshida (25) filed marriage papers with a twenty-six-year-old nutritionist/model last year on October 22.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/10/2018, Sponichi 12/10/2018


Equipment

Yoshida signed an advisory contract with Under Amour in 2018.

Source: Sanspo 3/30/2018


Charitable Work

2019

February 23 – Yoshida will donate 100,000 yen to Kokkyo naki Kodomotachi for every home run he hits this year.

Source: Sponichi 2/23/2019

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