May 31 vs Hanshin at Koshien – Nakata became the 177th player in NPB history to pitch 1,500 innings. He reached the milestone after retiring the first batter of the inning.
Source: Nikkan Sports 5/31/2018, Daily Sports 5/31/2018
- September 5, 2017 – The Hawks announced that Nakata’s wife gave birth to the couple’s first child, a boy weighing 3,165 grams, at a hospital in Fukuoka. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/5/2017