Category: Did You Know


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


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


Kenya Wakatsuki: Did You Know

Wakatsuki was named a tourism ambassador for Kazo, Saitama.

Wakatsuki was born and raised in Kazo. He attended Hanasaki Tokuharu High School in Kazo and was drafted by Orix in 2013.

Source: Sports Hochi 5/8/2017


Casey McGehee: Did You Know

McGehee made a friendly bet with batting practice pitcher Hideki Asai. If he can hit thirty or more home runs, Asai has to shave his head. He if can not hit thirty or more home runs, he will grow out his hair.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/29/2017

McGehee became the Yomiuri Giants’ eighty-seventh clean-up hitter in franchise history on May 28, 2017.

Source: Sponichi 5/28/2017


Yuki Matsui: Did You Know

Matsui pitched the ninth against the Chiba Lotte Marines on April 25 and struck out the side on nine pitches. He became the seventeenth player in NPB history to achieve the feat, first since Chunichi’s Yuta Muto on September 10, 2014, and first in Rakuten franchise history.

Source: Sponichi 4/25/2017

Matsui closed out a game against Lotte on April 25 by striking out the side with nine pitches.

  • Kei Hosoya: swinging, swinging, swinging
  • Matt Duffy: swinging, swinging, swinging
  • Daichi Suzuki: looking, foul, swinging

He became the seventeenth player (accomplished eighteen times) in NPB history (sixth and accomplished seven times in Pacific League history, first in Rakuten Eagles’ franchise history) to strike out the side with nine pitches. He is the first to accomplish the feat while facing the three, four, and five batters. He is also the first to record at least seven swinging strikes (the previous record of six was set by Masaji Hiramatsu in 1979).

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/26/2017, Sports Hochi 4/26/2017, Sponichi 4/26/2017


Kazuo Matsui: Did You Know

Matsui blasted the 200th home run of his career on April 22 and became the 100th player in NPB history to reach the milestone. At forty-one years and five months, he joined George Altman (forty-two years and three months) as the only players to hit their 200th after turning forty. The previous high for a Japanese player was Atsuya Furuta at thirty-eight years and ten months.

Matsui also joined Hiromi Matsunaga as the only switch-hitters in NPB history to hit 200 or more home runs.

Source: Sports Hochi 4/23/2017, Sponichi 4/23/2017, Nikkan Sports 4/23/2017

NPB Standings [Full]
Hiroshima 49 29 19 1
Hanshin 46 27 19 0
Yomiuri 47 23 24 0
Yokohama 48 22 24 2
Yakult 47 20 27 0
Chunichi 49 19 27 3
Rakuten 42 30 12 0
Softbank 49 30 19 0
Seibu 45 25 19 1
Nippon Ham 46 19 27 0
Orix 46 19 27 0
Lotte 48 14 33 1
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