Sarfate is planning to continue making donations to the Great East Japan Earthquake Recovery Initiatives Foundation based on his performance during the season (100,000 yen for every save he records). He donated 4.1 million yen in 2015 and 4.3 million yen in 2016.
Source: Sports Hochi 3/16/2017
July 21, 2017 – Sarfate became just the second pitcher in NPB history (first in the Pacific League) to record at least thirty saves in four consecutive seasons. Hitoki Iwase holds the record with nine consecutive seasons.
Source: Sponichi 7/22/2017
August 15, 2017 – Sarfate pitched in his fifth game of the year and became the first foreign pitcher in NPB history to appear in fifty or more games in five consecutive seasons and the first foreign pitcher in NPB history to appear in fifty or more games six times during their career.
Source: Nikkan Sports 8/16/2017
August 16, 2017 – Sarfate notched his fortieth save of the season and became just the second pitcher in NPB history to record forty or more saves in three consecutive seasons. The other pitcher: Hitoki Iwase between 2005 and 2007.