Kazuma Okamoto: Did You Know

Milestones

2018

August 4 vs Chunichi at Nagoya Dome – Okamoto recorded his twentieth home run of the season and became the fifth player in Giants history to hit twenty home runs in one year during or before the season they turned twenty-two. The other four players: Shigeo Nagashima (1958), Sadaharu Oh (1962), Hideki Matsui (1994-1996), and Hayato Sakamoto (2010).

Source: Sponichi 8/5/2018, Nikkan Sports 8/5/2018


Miscellaneous

2017

Okamoto’s uniform number will change from 38 to 25 for the 2018 season. He will become the thirtieth player in Yomiuri Giants history to wear the number.

Source: Sponichi 11/19/2017

Okamoto wanted to become a pastry chef when he was a child.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/4/2017

2018

June 2 vs Orix at Kyocera Dome – Okamoto became the eighty-ninth player to bat clean-up for the Yomiuri Giants. At twenty-one years and eleven months, he also became the first Yomiuri player under twenty-two to bat clean-up since Hideki Matsui on August 25, 1995 at twenty-one years and two months. He is the eleventh player in Yomiuri history to hit a home run in their first game as a clean-up hitter and fourth player to hit a home run in their trip to the plate as a clean-up hitter. The other three Yomiuri players that hit home runs in their first plate appearance as a clean-up hitter: Isao Shibata in 1969, Davey Johnson in 1976, and Shinnosuke Abe in 2007.

Source: Daily Sports 6/2/2018, Nikkan Sports 6/3/2018, Sponichi 6/3/2018


Equipment

Nobuhiko Matsunaka gave Okamoto a bat during his first year after turning pro. Okamoto likes the way the bat feels now and is planning to use a similar model in 2018. The new bat, made by Under Armour, is 900 grams and weighted toward the head. Okamoto used the bat during Miyazaki fall camp in November 2017.

Source: Sponichi 12/17/2017

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