Takayama, Shun 髙山 俊 (たかやま・しゅん)
Hanshin Tigers | #9 | OF
Born: 04/17/1993 (age 26)
Height: 181cm
Weight: 86kg
Bats: L
Throws: R
Blood Type: O
Hometown: Chiba
Draft: 2015, 1st Round
History: 日大三高(甲)-明大

[9/7/2016] Shun Takayama pushes hit total to 122

Shun Takayama recorded two hits during tonight’s game against the Yomiuri Giants at Koshien Stadium and now has 122 hits on the year. The 122 hits by a rookie player in his first year is third most in franchise history. Takayama also recorded an RBI to put his total at 57.

Source: Daily Sports 9/7/2016, Sanspo 9/7/2016


Hanshin Rookie Hits

Rank Name Year Hits
1 坪井 智哉 Tsuboi, Tomochika 1998 135
2 赤星 憲広 Akahoshi, Norihiro 2001 128
3 徳網 茂 Tokuami, Shigeru 1950 122
3 高山俊 Takayama, Shun 2016 122
5 吉田義男 Yoshida, Yoshio 1953 119

Hanshin Rookie RBIs

Rank Name Year RBIs
1 徳網 茂 Tokuami, Shigeru 1950 69
2 高山俊 Takayama, Shun 2016 57
3 田淵 幸一 Tabuchi, Koichi 1969 56
4 岡田 彰布 Okada, Akinobu 1980 54

[8/26/2016] Shun Takayama blasts first grand slam and reaches fifty RBI

Shun Takayama blasted a grand slam against the Yokohama Bay Stars at Yokohama Stadium on August 25. He became the fifty-fifth (accomplished fifty-six times) rookie in NPB history to hit a grand slam, first since Hayata Ito on September 27, 2012. Aside from Takayama and Ito, only one other rookie in Hanshin Tigers’ franchise history has hit a grand slam: Ryohei Igaue on October 23, 1936.

Takayama also reached fifty RBI on the season one plate appearance later with a two-run double. Only four other Hanshin rookies have recorded fifty or more RBI: Kaoru Betto with fifty-seven in 1948, Shigeru Tokuami with sixty-nine in 1950, Koichi Tabuchi with fifty-six in 1969, and Akinobu Okada with fifty-four in 1980.

Source: Sponichi 8/26/2016


[8/25/2016] Shun Takayama sets new franchise record with twelve modashos

Shun Takayama set a new franchise rookie record with his twelfth modasho of the year during Wednesday’s game against the Yokohama Bay Stars at Yokohama Stadium. The previous record of eleven was set by Tomochika Tsuboi in 1998. Shigeo Nagashima hold the NPB record with fourteen in 1958.

Note: modasho is any game in which a hitter records three or more hits.

Source: Sponichi 8/25/2016


[5/22/2016] Shun Takayama picks up first walk-off

Shun Takayama recorded his fourth modasho and first walk-off of his career during a game against Hiroshima at Koshien Stadium on May 21.

Takayama is the first rookie in franchise history to record four or more modashos in one season since Norihiro Akahoshi (seven) and Atsushi Fujimoto (four) in 2001. The franchise record of eleven was set by Tomochika Tsuboi in 1998.

Takayama is also the sixth rookie in franchise history since 1950 to record a walk-off, first since Akahoshi in 2001 (May 4 against Chunichi and June 20 against Yomiuri).

Source: Sponichi 5/22/2016


[4/23/2016] Takayama recorded third four-hit game of the year on April 22

Shun Takayama notched his third four-hit game of the season on April 22 against Hiroshima at Mazda Stadium. He joined Shiro Takegami (1967), Terumitsu Kumano (1985), and Kazuhiro Kiyohara (1986) as the only players since the start of the draft in 1966 to collect three four-hit games in their first year. Takayama is the only one to accomplish the feat before the end of April.

Source: Sanspo 4/23/2016, Sponichi 4/23/2016, Nikkan Sports 4/23/2016


[4/16/2016] Shun Takayama scratched from game with elbow issue

Shun Takayama was left out of the starting line-up on April 16 for the first time this year. He did not participate in pre-game batting or fielding practice. Tomoaki Kanemoto told the media they were taking precautions because Takayama was having problems with his right elbow locking up on him.

Source: Sponichi 4/16/2016, Nikkan Sports 4/16/2016


[4/14/2016] Shun Takayama extends hitting streak to ten games

Shun Takayama extended his hitting streak to ten games during a game against Yokohama earlier tonight. He joined Tomochika Tsuboi (ten in 1998) and Norihiro Akahoshi (twelve in 2001) as the only Hanshin rookies to record hits in ten or more consecutive games.

Source: Daily Sports 4/14/2016


[4/6/2016] Shun Takayama notches second four-hit game of the season

Shun Takayama notched his second four-hit game of the year on April 5 against the Yomiuri Giants. His first four-hit game came on March 31 against the Yakult Swallows. Takayama is…

Source: Sponichi 4/6/2016, Sports Hochi 4/6/2016, Sanspo 4/6/2016


[3/31/2016] Shun Takayama blasts first career home run

Shun Takayama blasted the first home run of his NPB career during a Yakult game on March 31. The home run led off the start of the game and came against Kyle Davies. Takayama is the first rookie in franchise history since Tomochika Tsuboi in 1998 to hit a lead-off home run for his first career blast.

Source: Tokyo Sports 3/31/2016

[UPDATE 4/1 @ 6:54am]

Thirty Japanese players, including Takayama, recorded lead-off home runs for their first career home runs (eleven Central League, fourteen Pacific League, five single league). The last player before Takayama was Shogo Nakamura in 2015. Of the thirty, ten were rookies, including Takayama and Nakamura (seven since the two league format began in 1950).

Since the start of the two leagues, three players have recorded lead-off home runs in the top of the first inning for their first career home runs: Yuki Miyazaki in his second year in 2012, Seiya Suzuki in his second year in 2014, and Takayama in his first year in 2016.

Takayama joined Yoshito Fujino (July 1, 1944) as the only rookies in NPB history that can say their first career home run was off the first pitch of a game.

Source: Sponichi 4/1/2016, Sanspo 4/1/2016

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