Ishikawa, Masanori 石川 雅規 (いしかわ・まさのり)
Yakult Swallows | #19 | P
Born: 01/21/1980 (age 39)
Height: 167cm
Weight: 73kg
Bats: L
Throws: L
Blood Type: A
Hometown: Akita
Draft: 2001, Jiyuu
History: 秋田商高(甲)-青学大
Roster Changes: removed 05/21/2016, added 05/31/2016, removed 06/02/2016, added 07/17/2016

[9/16/2017] Masanori Ishikawa not ready to retire

Thirty-eight-year-old Masanori Ishikawa is not ready to retire and is planning to play next year. The Yakult Swallows are also interested in signing him to another contract.

Ishikawa is 4-14 in twenty-three games this season. He is currently in the middle of an eleven-game losing streak.

Source: Sanspo 9/16/2017


Masanori Ishikawa: Did You Know



September 5 vs Yokohama at Yokohama Stadium – Ishikawa recorded the 150th loss of his career. He is now 0-10 in fourteen starts since his last win on May 18.

Ishikawa is the ninth pitcher (accomplished ten times) in Central League history (twenty-second in NPB history, accomplished twenty-four times) to record a losing streak of ten or more, first since Hiroshima’s Kiyoshi Oishi in 1963. He is the fifth Yakult pitcher to record a losing streak of ten or more, first since Masaichi Kaneda went on an eleven-game losing streak in 1961.

Source: Sponichi 9/5/2017, Nikkan Sports 9/5/2017, Nikkan Sports 9/6/2017

September 13 vs Chunichi at Jingu Stadium – Ishikawa suffered another loss and pushed his losing streak to eleven. He became the fifth player in the Central League to record a winning streak of eleven or more. The other four players:

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/13/2017, Sports Hochi 9/13/2017


August 5 vs Hanshin at Kyocera Dome – Ishikawa recorded the 1,500th strikeout of his career (third inning, Taiki Ono). He became the fifty-fifth player in NPB history and fourth in Swallows history (behind Masaichi Kaneda, Hiromu Matsuoka, and Kazuhisa Ishii) to reach 1,500 career strikeouts.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/5/2018, Daily Sports 8/5/2018


[7/31/2017] Masanori Ishikawa leaves game early with cramp

Masanori Ishikawa left last night’s game against the Hiroshima Carp in the middle of the sixth inning with runners on first and second and no out. He was pulled after his left buttock started cramping up. He is not expected to miss his next start.

Source: Sponichi 7/31/2017, Daily Sports 7/31/2017


[8/28/2016] Masanori Ishikawa reaches 150 victories

Masanori Ishikawa picked up his 150th career victory during a game against the Hanshin Tigers at Koshien Stadium on August 27. He is the forty-eighth player in NPB history to reach the milestone. Only two other pitchers in franchise history have more victories: Masaichi Kaneda with 353 and Hiromu Matsuoka with 191. He is the twelfth left-handed pitcher in NPB history to record 150 wins and the first left-handed pitcher out of college. At 167 centimeters, Ishikawa and Ryohei Hasegawa (197 victories) are the shortest players to record at least 150 victories.

Source: Sponichi 8/28/2016


[7/8/2016] Masanori Ishikawa tosses six shutout innings against Ni-gun Rakuten

Masanori Ishikawa (left calf) pitched in a Ni-gun game against Rakuten at Jingu Stadium on July 8. He started the game and tossed six shutout innings. He threw seventy-two pitches, gave up one hit, and struck out three. He could be ready to return to the active roster in time for a three-game series against Yokohama that begins on July 18 at Jingu Stadium.

Source: Sponichi 7/8/2016, Sanspo 7/8/2016


[6/30/2016] Masanori Ishikawa tosses three shutout innings in Ni-gun start

Masanori Ishikawa (left calf) started in a Ni-gun rehab game against Seibu on June 30. He tossed three shutout innings and gave up one hit. He threw fifty-two pitches, faced thirteen hitters, walked two, hit one, and struck out two.

Source: Sanspo 6/30/2016


[6/4/2016] Masanori Ishikawa out with pain in left calf

Masanori Ishikawa was taken off the active roster on June 3 because of chronic pain in his left calf. The Swallows are hoping to have him back in the minimum ten days, but there is a chance he might need more time.

Source: Sanspo 6/4/2016


[5/22/2016] Masanori Ishikawa to miss next start with left calf pain

Masanori Ishikawa was taken off the active roster today with pain in his left calf. Mitsuru Manaka told reporters Ishikawa’s condition was not a recent development and that he was removed from from the active roster because they felt he would not be able to make his next start on May 24.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/22/2016, Sports Hochi 5/22/2016Tokyo Sports 5/22/2016