Takashi Toritani: Did You Know

Toritani was apparently a Seibu fan growing up. He decided to sign with Hanshin because he wanted to play on a dirt field.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/9/2017

Through September 28, 2017, Toritani has 134 modashos.

Source: Sanspo 9/29/2017


Charitable Work

Toritani visited a refugee camp located close to the border of West Thailand and Myanmar as a representative of the RED BIRD Project. He was there to take about 500 shoes/sneakers to children in the camp.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/27/2017


Milestones

2017

August 12 vs Yokohama at Yokohama – Toritani recorded his 100th hit of the season. He set a new Hanshin Tigers’ franchise record by notching his thirteenth consecutive season of 100 or more hits (2005 – 2017). The previous record of twelve was held by Taira Fujita (1967 – 1978) and¬†Yutaka Wada (1988 – 1999).

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/13/2017, Sanspo 8/13/2017

September 9 vs Yokohama at Koshien Stadium – Toritani recorded the eighth walk-off of his career. Breakdown by type: home run (three times), double (one time), single (three times), sac fly (one time). He has also pushed home a run on a hit-by-pitch (June 8, 2007 vs Orix).

Source: Sponichi 9/10/2017

October 10 vs Chunichi at Koshien Stadium – Toritani walked for the 1,000th time of his career in the fifth inning. He became the fifteenth player in NPB history to reach the milestone.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/10/2017

2018

April 15 vs Yakult at Koshien Stadium – Toritani recorded the 135th modasho of his career. He notched his first modasho on September 12, 2004.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/16/2018

May 4 vs Chunichi at Koshien Stadium – Toritani became the fifty-first player in NPB history to play in 2,000 games. He also joined Taira Fujita (2010 games) and Yoshio Yoshida (2007 games) as the only Hanshin lifers to play in 2000 or more games.

Source: Tokyo Sports 5/4/2018, Daily Sports 5/4/2018, Sponichi 5/4/2018

May 18 vs Chunichi at Nagoya Dome – Toritani played in his 2,011th game and moved into sole possession of first on the Tigers’ franchise all-time list for games played. He made it into the game in the ninth inning as a pinch-hitter and recorded a sac bunt.

Source: Daily Sports 5/18/2018, Nikkan Sports 5/18/2018


Equipment

Slugger prepared three third baseman gloves for Toritani. He will test them during spring camp in February 2018. Toritani started the 2017 season with his usual shortstop glove before moving over to a third baseman’s glove partway through the year.

Source: Sponichi 12/31/2017, Daily Sports 12/31/2017


Awards

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