Dennis Sarfate: Did You Know

2017

Softbank players presented Sarfate with a glove commemorating his fifty-four-save season after practices at YafuOku Dome on October 17, 2017.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/17/2017

Sarfate donated the ball and cap he wore when he recorded his forty-seventh save of the year to the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Tokyo. The items will go on display beginning on October 18.

Source: Sponichi 10/17/2017, Hall of Fame 10/17/2017


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


Milestones

July 21, 2017 vs Lotte at YafuOku Dome – 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 vs Orix at YafuOku Dome – Sarfate pitched in his fiftieth 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 vs Orix at YafuOku Dome – 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.

Source: Daily Sports 8/16/2017, Sponichi 8/17/2017, Nikkan Sports 8/17/2017

August 27, 2017 vs Lotte at YafuOku Dome – Sarfate picked up forty-third save of the year and tied his own 2016 Pacific League record for most saves in a season. The NPB record of forty-six is held by Hitoki Iwase (2005) and Kyuji Fujikawa (2007).

The save was also Sarfate’s tenth in August. He became the first pitcher in NPB history to record ten or more saves in consecutive months (eleven in July and ten in August).

Source: Sanspo 8/27/2017, Nikkan Sports 8/27/2017, Nikkan Sports 8/28/2017

August 31, 2017 vs Nippon Ham at Sapporo Dome – Sarfate set a career and Pacific League high with his forty-fourth save of the year. He set his previous high of forty-three (both career and Pacific League) last year.

Source: Sponichi 8/31/2017

September 14, 2017 vs Orix at YafuOku Dome – Sarfate recorded a save. He tied a Pacific League record by racking up seventeen consecutive saves, going back to August 8. Masahide Kobayashi set the initial record in 2002.

Source: Sponichi 9/14/2017

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