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.
Source: Sponichi 9/24/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/25/2018
- Hirata currently weighs ninety-seven kilograms. He is trying to decide whether to drop his weight to ninety-four kilograms as usual, or to ninety kilograms out of consideration for right knee (right injury in June). Source: Sanspo 12/6/2017, Tokyo Sports 12/6/2017