Katsuki Azuma: Did You Know

Milestones

2018

September 5 vs Yomiuri at Alpen Stadium – Azuma got the win and became the first rookie in NPB history to start their careers 4-0 in four starts against the Giants. The previous record of three was held by Kazuyoshi Matsuura (1936), Yukio Muramatsu (1939), Nobuo Nakatani (1947), and Hiroshi Gondo (1961).

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/5/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/6/2018, Sponichi 9/5/2018, Sponichi 9/6/2018, Daily Sports 9/5/2018


Miscellaneous

Azuma likes to eat bananas while waiting in the dugout for his turn to pitch.

Source: Sankei 4/20/2018, Sports Hochi 4/20/2018, Baseball King 4/20/2018


Equipment

Azuma has two images stitched on the inside of all of his gloves: a pile of poo in gold thread and a star in white thread. The pile of golden poo represents kin-un (financial luck) and the white star represents shiroboshi (victories).

Source: Sanspo 2/15/2018

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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
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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
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