Zelous Wheeler: Did You Know


Rakuten Eagles Manager Masataka Nashida is thinking about making Wheeler a vice-captain in 2018.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/25/2017, Daily Sports 12/25/2017


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.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/25/2017, Nikkan Sports 9/26/2017

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