[4/7/2018] Takahiro Norimoto reaches 1,000 strikeout milestone

Takahiro Norimoto recorded the 1,000th strikeout of his career during a game against the Softbank Hawks at Rakuten Seimei Park on April 6. He became the 147 pitcher in NPB history to reach the milestone. It took Norimoto 958 innings to reach 1,000 strikeouts. Only four other pitchers reached 1,000 in fewer winnings: Kyuji Fujikawa, Hideo Nomo, Kazuhisa Ishii, and Yutaka Enatsu. Former Rakuten ace, Masahiro Tanaka, needed 1,042 innings.

1,000 strikeouts in 1,000 or fewer innings

  • Kyuji Fujikawa (771.2)
  • Hideo Nomo (871.0)
  • Kazuhisa Ishii (913.0)
  • Yutaka Enatsu (940.0)
  • Takahiro Norimoto (958.0)
  • Toshiya Sugiuchi (979.1)
  • Hideki Irabu (997.1)

Source: Daily Sports 4/6/2018, Sponichi 4/7/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/7/2018, Sports Hochi 4/6/2018

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