Munetaka Murakami: Did You Know

Milestones

2018

September 16 vs Hiroshima at Jingu Stadium – Murakami blasted a home run in his first career plate appearance (second inning, off Akitake Okada). He became the sixty-fourth rookie in NPB history to hit a home run in their first plate appearance, first since Yudai Yamamoto on August 19, 2018; and eighth rookie in Swallows history, first since Taishi Hirooka on September 29, 2016. He also became the seventh rookie out of high school to hit a home run in their first plate appearance, first since Seiya Hosokawa in 2017; and second rookie out of high school in Swallows history, first since Hirooka in 2016.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/17/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/17/2018, Daily Sports 9/17/2018


Miscellaneous

2018

Murakami was drafted as a catcher, but the Yakult Swallows are planning to convert him to a third baseman.

Source: Daily Sports 1/9/2018, Sanspo 1/9/2018, Nikkan Sports 1/9/2018


Running

Murakami ran the thirty-meter in 4.12 seconds during rookie workouts on January 19, 2018.

Source: Daily Sports 1/19/2018

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NPB Standings [Full]
G W L T
Hiroshima 143 88 51 4
Hanshin 143 78 61 4
Yokohama 143 73 65 5
Yomiuri 143 72 68 3
Chunichi 143 59 79 5
Yakult 143 45 96 2
G W L T
Softbank 143 94 49 0
Seibu 143 79 61 3
Rakuten 143 77 63 3
Orix 143 63 79 1
Nippon Ham 143 60 83 0
Lotte 143 54 87 2
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