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Abe, Shinnosuke 阿部 慎之助 (あべ・しんのすけ)
Yomiuri Giants | #10 | C
Born: 03/19/1979 (age 38)
Height: 180cm
Weight: 97kg
Bats: L
Throws: R
Blood Type: A
Hometown: Chiba
Draft: 2000, 1st Round
History: 安田学園高-中大
Roster Changes: added 05/30/2016
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[3/24/2017] Shinnosuke Abe overcoming some tightness in his legs

Shinnosuke Abe left a game on March 15 early because of some tightness in his legs. Since then, he has spent most of his time either as a designated hitter or bat off the bench. He may be having trouble adjusting his workload: he took thing slow last year and ended up hurting his right shoulder before the start of the season; he increased his workouts this year and may have ended up overworking himself.

Abe was able to return to the starting line-up yesterday against Nippon Ham and went 0-for-3 (F9, G4, F8, BB).

Source: Tokyo Sports 3/24/2017

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[8/20/2016] Shinnosuke Abe: 200 Tokyo Dome Home Runs

Shinnosuke Abe blasted his 200th Tokyo Dome home run during yesterday’s game against the Hanshin Tigers. Only six other players in NPB history have hit 200 or more home runs in one stadium: Sadaharu Oh and Shigeo Nagashima at Korakuen Stadium, Katsuya Nomura and Hiromitsu Kadota at Osaka Stadium, and Koji Yamamoto and Sachio Kinugasa at Hiroshima Stadium.

Home Runs at Tokyo Dome, top three players: Abe (200), Yoshinobu Takahashi (176), Michihiro Ogasawara (175).

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/20/2016, Sanspo 8/20/2016

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[7/19/2016] at home Hero Award for June

The at home Hero Award for June was given to Shinnosuke Abe for his game against Nippon Ham at Tokyo Dome on June 4. With the score tied at four and one out in the sixth, Abe drove a fastball over the fence in right. It was his second home run since he made it back to the active roster. He had been struggling with right shoulder problems and had also been working hard to make adjustments to his swing to account for a decline in power. The home run helped the Giants win their sixth straight game.

Source: at home announcement, box score

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[6/9/2016] Shinnosuke Abe records 100th modasho

Shinnosuke Abe recorded the 100th modasho of his career on June 8 and became the twelfth player in Yomiuri Giants history to reach the milestone. Abe also hit a double and tied Tetsuharu Kawakami for third on the franchise’s all-time list for extra base hits with 688 (316 doubles, 9 triples, 363 home runs). Sadaharu Oh is at the top of the list with 1,315, followed by Shigeo Nagashima with 936.

Source: Sanspo 6/9/2016

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[6/3/2016] Shinnosuke Abe could revisit first base

Shinnosuke Abe will most likely get the start at first base during the Yomiuri Giants’ three-game series against the Nippon Ham Fighters that begins tonight at Tokyo Dome.

Source: Sponichi 6/3/2016

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[6/1/2016] Shinnosuke Abe hits fifty-first Inter-league home run

Shinnosuke Abe blasted the fifty-first Inter-league home run of his career on May 31 against Orix at Kyocera Dome. He is tied with Shuichi Murata for second on the all-time list. Takeya Nakamura sits atop the list with sixty-seven Inter-league home runs.

Abe also set a new record with at least one Inter-league home run in twelve consecutive seasons (since 2005). He started the day tied with Kazuhiro Wada at eleven.

Source: Sponichi 6/1/2016

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[5/29/2016] Shinnosuke Abe hits two homers in rehab game

Shinnosuke Abe (right shoulder) homered in his second straight Ni-gun rehab game earlier today.

Abe got the start at designated hitter and batted fourth against Seibu. He went 4-for-4, including an RBI single to right in the first inning, a two-out three-run home run in the second inning, a walk in the fifth inning, and a two-out three-run home run in the sixth inning.

Abe also moved to catcher in the seventh inning.

Source: Daily Sports 5/29/2016Sponichi 5/29/2016, Sports Hochi 5/29/2016, Nikkan Sports 5/29/2016

[UPDATE @ 10:49pm]

Yoshinobu Takahashi is planning to add Abe to the active roster on May 31.

Source: Sponichi 5/29/2016

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[5/29/2016] Shinnosuke Abe hits home run during Ni-gun rehab game

Shinnosuke Abe played in a Ni-gun rehab game on May 28.  He got the start at designated hitter and batted fourth. He also got behind the plate for two innings, beginning on the 8th, for the first time since March 20. He went 1-for-3 with two walks and two RBI. He hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning.

Source: Sponichi 5/28/2016, Sponichi 5/29/2016Nikkan Sports 5/28/2016

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[5/26/2016] Shinnosuke Abe goes 1-for-3 in rehab game

Shinnosuke Abe (right shoulder) played in his second straight Ni-gun rehab game on May 26. He was the starting designated hitter and batted third against Yokohama. He went 1-for-3 with a walk.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/26/2016

[UPDATE 5/27 @ 1:09pm]

Depending on Abe’s condition, he could make it into Ni-gun rehab games as a catcher during a two-game Seibu series that begins on May 28.

Source: Sponichi 5/27/2016

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[5/25/2016] Shinnosuke Abe goes 0-for-2 in rehab game

Shinnosuke Abe (right shoulder) played in a Ni-gun rehab game against Yokohama at Yokosuka earlier today. It was his first game since April 15. He was the starting designated hitter and batted fifth. He went 0-for-2 (G4, BB, G4dp, HBP) until he was replaced by a pinch-runner in the ninth inning.

Source: Sponichi 5/25/2016, Nikkan Sports 5/25/2016

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