Shogo Akiyama: Did You Know

Milestones

2018

May 5 vs Rakuten at Rakuten Seimei – Akiyama joined Don Buford (1975) and Makoto Sasaki (1994) as the only players in Seibu Lions history to record multiple hits in eight consecutive games. The Pacific League record of ten was set by Charlie Luis in 1954 and Michihiro Ogasawara in 2001.

Source: Sponichi 5/5/2018, Nikkan Sports 5/6/2018

July 13 vs Central at Kyocera Dome – Akiyama hit a lead-off home run in the first inning off Daisuke Matsuzaka (the tenth lead-off home run in All-Star history). He became the first player in All-Star history to hit lead-off home runs two years in a row. He also became the first player in All-Star history with two lead-off home runs to his name.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/13/2018, Sports Hochi 7/13/2018, Sponichi 7/14/2018

July 16 vs Softbank at YafuOku Dome – Akiyama played in the 1,000th game of his career. He is the 493rd player in NPB history to play in 1,000 games.

Source: Sports Hochi 7/16/2018, Nikkan Sports 7/16/2018

July 20 vs Rakuten at MetLife Dome – Akiyama tied a Pacific League record by playing in his 535th consecutive complete game.

Source: Sponichi 7/20/2018, Daily Sports 7/20/2018, Nikkan Sports 7/20/2018, Sports Hochi 7/20/2018, Sanspo 7/20/2018

August 18 vs Nippon Ham at MetLife Dome – Akiyama recorded the fifteenth lead-off home run of his career (off Naoyuki Uwasawa).

Source: Sports Hochi 8/18/2018

September 18 vs Nippon Ham at MetLife Dome – Akiyama blasted his fifth lead-off home run of the year (sixteenth of his career) off Takayuki Kato. The sixteen lead-off home runs is good for third on the Lions all-time list, behind Hiromichi Ishige’s thirty and Kazuo Matsui’s eighteen.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/18/2018, Sanspo 9/18/2018, Sponichi 9/18/2018, Sponichi 9/19/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/18/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/19/2018

September 25 vs Seibu at Rakuten Seimei – Akiyama blasted the first grand slam of his career (ninth inning, off Kohei Morihara).

Source: Sponichi 9/26/2018


MLB Dreams

2018

November 17 – Thirty-year-old Akiyama is interested in playing in the Majors. He will be in the final year of a three-year contract in 2019. Assuming no injuries, he should be able to earn his international free agent option some time during the 2019 season. He could make for a push to play in the Majors in 2020.

Source: Spoorts Hochi 11/17/2018


Miscellaneous

2017

May 16 – The Saitama Seibu Fire Bureau announced that Akiyama will be used in their 2017 fire prevention posters.

Source: Saitama Seibu 5/16/2017

2018

December 3 – Akiyama turned down a multi-year deal and opted for a one-year contract worth an estimated 235 million yen plus incentives. He told reporters that he first wanted to finish his current three-year deal (he will be in the final year of a three-year contract next season) before discussing a new multi-year deal. He also told reporters he was thinking about the international free agent option he could earn next year.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/3/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/3/2018, Sponichi 12/3/2018, Sanspo 12/3/2018, Daily Sports 12/3/2018


Charitable Work

2018

December 2 – Akiyama will be in Phnom Penh, Cambodia between November 10-13 for an even to help spread baseball around the world.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/2/2018, Daily Sports 12/2/2018

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