September 24 vs Yakult at Nagoya Dome – Hirata played in the 1,000th game of his career and became the 495th player in NPB history to reach the milestone.
November 29 – Hirata has three dreams: buy a house (completed in 2016), buy a Rolls Royce (purchased a Ghost Black Badge in 2018), finish with a successful career in baseball.
Source: Sports Hochi 11/29/2018
October 20 – Hirata is planning to test two kinds of bats during the off-season: he ordered a white ash bat and a maple bat from SSK.
Source: Daily Sports 10/20/2018
October 22 – Hirata tried using the bats and found that the white ash bats felt similar to the Japanese ash bats he used and the maple bats felt hard and hurt his hands.
Source: Sports Hochi 10/22/2018