[9/14/2016] Yoshitomo Tsutsugo blasts fortieth home run

Yoshitomo Tsutsugo blasted his fortieth home run of the season on Tuesday night during a game against the Yakult Swallows at Jingu Stadium. He became…

  • … the first player to hit forty home runs in a season since Wladimir Balentien hit sixty and Tony Blanco his forty-one in 2013.
  • … the first Japanese player to hit forty home runs in a season since Takya Nakamura hit forty-eight in 2011.
  • … the fifth player in Yokohama Bay Stars’ franchise history to hit forty home runs in one season. Tyrone Woods hit forty in 2003 and forty-five in 2004; Hitoshi Tamura hit forty in 2004; Shuichi Murata hit forty-six in 2008; and Blanco hit forty-one in 2013.
  • … the ninth player (accomplished thirteen times) to hit forty home runs in one season during or before the year in which they turned twenty-five.
  • … the first player born during the Heisei period to hit forty home runs in one season.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/14/2016

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