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Sakaguchi, Tomotaka 坂口 智隆 (さかぐち・ともたか)
Yakult Swallows | #42 | OF
Born: 07/06/1984 (age 35)
Height: 181cm
Weight: 82kg
Bats: L
Throws: R
Blood Type: O
Hometown: Hyogo
Draft: 2002, 1st Round
History: 神戸国際大付高(甲)-近鉄-オリックス
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[12/21/2018] Tomotaka Sakaguchi agrees to three-year contract

Thirty-four-year-old Tomotaka Sakaguchi finalized to a new three-year contract with the Yakult Swallows on December 21. The contract does not have a set salary, which means it will fluctuate year to year. His salary in 2019 will be an estimated 140 million yen, up 40 million yen from this year.

Source: Daily Sports 12/21/2018, Sports Hochi 12/21/2018, Sponichi 12/21/2018, Sanspo 12/21/2018

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[4/12/2017] Tomotaka Sakaguchi out with flu

Tomotaka Sakaguchi was taken off the active roster on April 10 with the flu. He was examined at a hospital in Tokyo on April 10 and diagnosed with influenza A.

Source: Daily Sports 4/12/2017, Nikkan Sports 4/10/2017

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[2/25/2017] Tomotaka Sakaguchi takes pitch off right ring finger

Tomotaka Sakaguchi was hit by a pitch near the base of his right ring finger during an exhibition game against the Chiba Lotte Marines earlier today. The hit by pitch took place during his at bat in the sixth inning. He did not require a visit to the hospital and is considered day-to-day.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/25/2017

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Tomotaka Sakaguchi: Did You Know

Milestones

2018

May 7 vs Hiroshima at Jingu Stadium – Sakaguchi recorded the first walk-off hit of his career. With a runner on first and two out, he hit a double to right off Ryuji Ichioka.

Source: Sports Hochi 5/6/2018, Sponichi 5/6/2018


Sakaguchi informed the media on Janaury 13, 2017 that he signed an advisory staff contract with Rawlings Japan. He is just the third player in the NPB to sign an advisory staff contract with Rawlings Japan. The other two: Minoru Iwata and Randy Messenger.

Source: Daily Sports 1/13/2017

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[9/21/2016] Tomotaka Sakaguchi not planning to exercise FA option

Tomotaka Sakaguchi earned his international FA option earlier this year in April. He recently told the media that he has no plans to exercise the option because he wants show his gratitude and repay the Yakult Swallows for giving him another chance.

Source: Sponichi 9/21/2016

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[8/17/2016] Tomotaka Sakaguchi leaves after getting hit by pitch

Tomotaka Sakaguchi took a pitch off the area near his right knee during his at bat in the sixth inning of a game against the Yokohama Bay Stars at Jingu Stadium on August 17 and was replaced by a pinch-runner. An ultrasound test did not reveal any fractures in the area.

Source: Sanspo 8/17/2016

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[7/27/2016] Tomotaka Sakaguchi’s right elbow not 100 percent

Tomotaka Sakaguchi was left out of the starting line-up on July 26 against the Hanshin Tigers at Koshien Stadium because of problems with his right elbow.

Source: Sponichi 7/27/2016

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[4/30/2016] Tomotaka Sakaguchi earns international FA option

Tomotaka Sakaguchi earned his international FA option today with nine years of service time on the active roster.

Source: Sanspo 4/30/2016, Daily Sports 4/30/2016

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