Tomoaki Kanemoto told reporters on November 23 that he is planning to give thirty-six-year-old Randy Messenger the opening day start next season. For Messenger, it will be his fifth opening day start and fourth in as many years. He will become the first foreign pitcher in NPB history to record four consecutive opening day starts. The current record of three is held by Joe Stanka (1961-1963) and Messenger.
Opening Dat Starts
|2013/03/29||vs Yakult||Jingu Stadium||W||6.0||25||5||2||1||6||3|
|2015/03/27||vs Chunichi||Kyocera Dome||6.0||25||6||0||1||4||3|
|2016/03/25||vs Chunichi||Kyocera Dome||L||6.0||38||10||6||0||5||3|
|2017/03/31||vs Hiroshima||Mazda Stadium||W||5.0+||26||7||3||0||8||2|
Added additional comments about consecutive opening day starts on 11/24 at 3:42pm