[8/13/2017] Shinnosuke Abe notches 2,000th career hit

Shinnosuke Abe recorded his 2,000th career hit during tonight’s game against the Hiroshima Carp at Mazda Stadium. Abe was 0-for-2 with a walk in his first three trips to the plate. With no one on, one out, and Takeru Imamura on the mound in the top of the ninth, Abe laced a 1-2 fork to right for his 2,000th career hit.

Notes

  • He is the forty-ninth player in NPB history to reach the 2000-hit milestone.
  • He reached the milestone in his seventeenth year.
  • He joins Tetsuharu Kawakami (on May 31, 1965), Shigeo Nagashima (on May 25, 1971), Sadaharu Oh (on August 4, 1974), and Isao Shibata (on August 7, 1980) as the only Yomiuri “lifers” to reach the milestone.
  • He is the first player to record his 2,000th hit at Mazda Stadium.
  • He notched his 2,000th hit in his fourth plate appearance after recording his 1,999th hit on August 12.
  • He recorded his 2,000th hit in his 2,056th game, eleventh slowest in NPB history, behind┬áSachio Kinugasa’s 2,106 games.
  • At thirty-eight years and four months, he is the twenty-sixth oldest player to reach the milestone. Out of the fourteen players that reached the milestone out of college, he is the third youngest, behind Koji Yamamoto (thirty-seven years and six months) and Kenichi Yazawa (thirty-eight years and one month).

Source: Daily Sports 8/13/2017, Sponichi 8/13/2017, Sponichi 8/13/2017, Tokyo Sports 8/13/2017, Sponichi 8/14/2017, Sanspo 8/14/2017


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Road to 2000 hits

Hit Date Opponent Pitcher Venue
1 2001/03/30 Hanshin Hoshino, Nobuyuki Tokyo Dome
1000 2009/06/08 Rakuten Isaka, Ryohei Tokyo Dome
1500 2013/04/07 Chunichi Kobayashi, Masato Tokyo Dome
2000 2017/08/13 Hiroshima Imamura, Takeru Mazda Stadium

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