Category: Did You Know


Shinnosuke Ogasawara: Did You Know

Ogasawara picked up a win against the Yomiuri Giants on June 24. It was the second time he recorded a victory against the Giants before the age of twenty (two wins, three games, two starts). He is the first pitcher to accomplish the feat since Yoshinori (2008-2009), the first pitcher in franchise history since Shinji Imanaka (1990), and the first pitcher to win two games without suffering any losses against the Giants since Yutaka Enatsu (1967).

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/25/2017


Masahiro Araki: Did You Know

The cleats and bat Araki used when he recorded his 2,000th career hit will be donated to the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Tokyo. The items will be put on display at the museum beginning on June 24, 2017.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/21/2017


Yoshiyuki Kamei: Did You Know

Kamei blasted the sixth walk-off home run, fifth in extra innings, of his career on June 18, 2017. The six walk-off home runs is good for a third place tie with Tomohiro Nioka on the franchise’s all-time list, behind Sadaharu Oh (eight), Shigeo Nagashima, and Shinnosuke Abe (both seven). The five in extra innings set a new franchise record. The previous record of four was held by Nagashima and Hideki Matsui.

Additionally, Kamei became the fourth player in franchise history to hit a walk-off, come-from-behind home run in extra innings. He is the first player in franchise history to overcome a lead larger than two runs.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/19/2017, Sponichi 6/19/2017


Yota Kyoda: Did You Know

Kyoda is the first rookie since the start of the draft in 1966 to record multiple-hits in six consecutive games (between June 3 and June 9: three, two, two, three, three, two). The previous record of five was held by four players: Nobuhiro Takashiro in 1979, Hiromichi Ishige in 1981, Yoshinori Ogata in 2004, and Hisayoshi Chono in 2010.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/10/2017


Tadahito Iguchi: Did You Know

Iguchi recorded the 250th home run of his career on May 25. At forty-two years and five months, he became the oldest player to reach the milestone. The previous high was Atsunori Inaba at thirty-nine years and nine months.

Source: Sponichi 5/26/2017, Sports Hochi 5/26/2017


Taiga Kasahara: Did You Know

Kasahara made his Ichi-gun debut on May 24 against Lotte at YafuOku Dome. His father Eichi and his brother Shoki also played professionally. They became the second family of three (father and two sons/brothers) in NPB history to play in at least one game in the NPB. The other family: Donoue included one pitcher (father Terashi) and two position players (sons Takehiro and Naomichi).

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/25/2017


Kimiyasu Kudo: Did You Know

Kudo picked up his 200th managerial victory on May 23, 2017 and became just the sixth person in NPB history to record at least 200 wins as a pitcher and at least 200 wins as a manager.

200 Pitching Wins/200 Managerial Wins (name, manager wins-pitcher wins)

  • Osamu Higashio, 489-251
  • Masaichi Kaneda, 471-400
  • Kazuhisa Inao, 431-276
  • Tadashi Wakabayashi, 390-237
  • Minoru Murayama, 241-222
  • Kimiyasu Kudo, 200-224

Kudo recorded his 200th managerial victory in his 330th game. Only one other manager since 1950 has recorded 200 wins in fewer games: Shigeru Mizuhara in 308 games.

Source: Sports Hochi 5/24/2017, Sponichi 5/24/2017


Shogo Akiyama: Did You Know

The Saitama Seibu Fire Bureau announced that Akiyama will be used in their 2017 fire prevention posters.

Source: Saitama Seibu 5/16/2017


Shinnosuke Abe: Did You Know

Through May 9, Abe has 105 modasho’s.

Source: Sanspo 5/10/2017

Abe hit two home runs on June 18, 2017 to push his season total to ten. He has now hit at least ten home runs in seventeen consecutive seasons, beginning with his first year. He joined Sadaharu Oh (twenty-one years) and Shigeo Nagashima (seveteen years) as the only players in franchise history to hit at least ten home runs in seventeen or more consecutive seasons. Of the three, only Nagashima and Abe have accomplished the feat beginning in their first year.

This was also Abe’s thirtieth multi-homer game, fifth most in franchise history, and tied for tenth with Akira Eto in Central League history.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/19/2017


Shota Suzuki: Did You Know

Suzuki was diagnosed with thoracic herniated disc after spring camp last year. He learned stretch exercises that helped with his recovery. He participated in the Asia Winter League for extra work, but symptoms returned. He kept quiet and managed to make it through.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/10/2017

NPB Standings [Full]
Hiroshima 69 43 25 1
Hanshin 66 37 29 0
Yokohama 69 33 34 2
Chunichi 70 30 37 3
Yomiuri 68 30 38 0
Yakult 68 26 41 1
Rakuten 64 42 21 1
Softbank 70 44 26 0
Seibu 66 36 28 2
Orix 68 31 36 1
Nippon Ham 67 28 39 0
Lotte 69 21 47 1
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