Rakuten Eagles Manager Masataka Nashida is thinking about making Wheeler a vice-captain in 2018.
September 23, 2017 vs Softbank at YafuOku Dome – Wheeler blasted his twenty-ninth home run of the season (second inning off Nao Higashihama) and set a new Rakuten Eagles’ single-season home run record for a foreign player. The previous record of twenty-eight was set by Jose Fernandez in 2006 and Casey McGehee in 2013.
Source: Sanspo 9/23/2017
September 25, 2017 vs Softbank at YafuOku Dome – Wheeler recorded his thirtieth home run of the year. Only one other Rakuten player has managed to accomplish the feat: Takeshi Yamasaki with forty-three in 2007 and thirty-nine in 2009.