Norichika Aoki: Did You Know



June 14 vs Seibu at MetLife Dome – Aoki recorded an inside-the-park home run to start the game. He became the ninth player in NPB history (fifth in the top, fourth in the bottom; fifth in the CL, fourth in the PL)┬áto hit an inside-the-park lead-off home run in the first inning; first since Takashi Ogino in 2014; first in the CL since Tomochika Tsuboi in 1998; and second in Swallows’ history, behind Tetsuya Iida in 1992.

The lead-off home run was Aoki’s eighth over his career. At thirty-six years and five months, he also became the oldest player to record an inside-the-park lead-off home run in the first. The previous record of thirty-five years and eight months was set by Tsutomu Kimura in 1956.

Source: Sports Hochi 6/14/2018, Sponichi 6/15/2018

June 19 vs Softbank at Jingu Stadium – Aoki was ejected for arguing a third strike (check swing) during his at bat in the seventh inning. He was ejected from a game for the first time during his professional career (including MLB).

Source: Tokyo Sports 6/19/2018, Nikkan Sports 6/19/2018, Sponichi 6/19/2018, Daily Sports 6/19/2018

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