[9/22/2018] Kazuya Fukuura reaches 2000 hits

Kazuya Fukuura reached the 2,000-hit milestone during today’s game against the Seibu Lions at ZOZO Marine Stadium. The hit was a double to right off Ryuya Ogawa in the bottom of the 8th inning.

Facts about Fukuura’s 2,000th hit:

  • he became the fifty-second player to reach the milestone in NPB history.
  • he joined Kihachi Enomoto (July 21, 1968) and Michiyo Arito (July 11, 1985) as the only Lotte lifers to reach the milestone. He is the first Lotte player to reach the milestone since the team moved to Chiba in 1992.
  • at forty-two years and nine months, he is the second oldest player to reach the milestone, behind Kazuhiro Wada at forty-two years and eleven months on June 11, 2015.
  • he notched his 2,000th hit in his 2,234th game, which is third most in NPB history, behind Motonobu Tanishige’s 2,803 and Yasunori Oshima’s 2,290 games.
  • he recorded his first hit in his fourth year with Lotte.
  • it took him 806 games over a span of nine years and four months to records hits 1,501 to 2,000.

Source: Daily Sports 9/22/2018, Daily Sports 9/22/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/22/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/22/2018, Sanspo 9/22/2018, Sponichi 9/22/2018, Sponichi 9/23/2018, Sanspo 9/23/2018

Road to 2000 hits

Hit Date Opponent Pitcher Venue
1 1997/07/05 Orix Willie Fraser Chiba Marine Stadium
1000 2004/08/20 Daiei Kazumi Saito Chiba Marine Stadium
1500 2014/07/11 Softbank Akio Mizuta Yahoo! JAPAN Dome
2000 2018/09/22 Seibu Ryuya Ogawa ZOZO Marine Stadium

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