Takashi Tortani’s consecutive games streak ended at 1,939 games on May 29. It is the second longest streak in NPB history, behind Sachio Kinugasa’s 2,215 games.
Tomoaki Kanemoto told reporters it was unfortunate that the streak ended, but there was nothing he could do because there was no place to use him. He also said that he had been talking to Toritani about the streak since the off-season and that there was an understanding since the year before last that he would do his best to give the veteran a chance to play in games even when he was not in the starting line-up.
Toritani made the starting line-up against Chunichi at Nagoya Dome on May 20 for the first time in ten games. He went 0-for-3 and committed an error. Up until the game on May 29, he played in all forty-four games this season, but only made the starting line-up thirteen times.
Toritani expressed understanding of the situation and said he was grateful to all the managers that used him even during the bad times or when he was injured.