Wladimir Balentien: Did You Know


Balentien has hit home runs in four or more consecutive games four times during his NPB career.

  • 2011: August 14 – 18 (four consecutive games)
  • 2013: June 6 – 9 (four consecutive games)
  • 2014: April 10 – 13 (four consecutive games)
  • 2017: July 25 – 29 (five consecutive games)

Source: Sanspo 7/28/2017

August 23, 2017 vs Hanshin at Jingu Stadium – Balentien blasted the 212th home run of his career and set a new Yakult Swallows’ franchise record for home runs by a foreign player. The previous record of 211 was held by Alex Ramirez.

Source: Sanspo 8/24/2017

September 7, 2017 vs Yokohama at Yokohama Stadium – Balentien blasted his thirtieth home run of the year in the first inning off Shota Imanaga and became the first player in Yakult Swallows’ franchise history to hit thirty or more home runs in six different seasons. The previous record of five was set by Takahiro Ikeyama.

Balentien is also the sixth foreign player in NPB history to hit at least thirty home runs in six or more seasons. Tuffy Rhodes holds the record with seven.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/7/2017, Nikkan Sports 9/8/2017

Ejection History

  • September 24, 2013 against Yomiuri – argued with an umpire
  • July 8, 2016 against Chunichi – threw his helmet
  • April 4, 2017 against Hanshin – exchanged blows with Hanshin coach Akihiro Yano

Source: Sponichi 4/5/2017

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