Toritani, Takashi 鳥谷 敬 (とりたに・たかし)
Hanshin Tigers | #1 | INF
Born: 06/25/1981 (age 37)
Height: 180cm
Weight: 78kg
Bats: L
Throws: R
Blood Type: B
Hometown: Tokyo
Draft: 2003, Jiyuu
History: 聖望学園高(甲)-早大

[10/24/2018] Takashi Toritani wants another shot at shortstop

Thirty-seven-year-old Takashi Toritani had a chance to talk to new manager Akihiro Yano during the first day of fall practices on October 23 and told him how he wanted time to practice at short and ultimately, another shot a winning the everyday job. Toritani wants no favors and no promises, just a chance. Yano seems open to the idea. He wanted to know what was important to the veteran and is planning to give him a fair and equal shot at the position.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/24/2018, Daily Sports 10/24/2018, Daily Sports 10/24/2018, Sponichi 10/24/2018, Sanspo 10/23/2018, Tokyo Sports 10/23/2018


[8/21/2018] Takashi Toritani re-earns FA option, five-year contract ends next year

Thirty-seven-year-old Takashi Toritani re-earned his free agent option today. He exercised his international free agent option after the 2014 season with an interest in playing in the Majors. He ended up staying with the Hanshin Tigers and signed a five-year contract. He will be in the final year of that contract next year.

Source: Daily Sports 8/21/2018, Sanspo 8/21/2018

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[5/29/2018] Takashi Tortani’s consecutive games streak ends at 1939

Takashi Tortani’s consecutive games streak ended at 1,939 games on May 29. It is the second longest streak in NPB history, behind Sachio Kinugasa’s 2,215 games.

Tomoaki Kanemoto told reporters it was unfortunate that the streak ended, but there was nothing he could do because there was no place to use him. He also said that he had been talking to Toritani about the streak since the off-season and that there was an understanding since the year before last that he would do his best to give the veteran a chance to play in games even when he was not in the starting line-up.

Toritani made the starting line-up against Chunichi at Nagoya Dome on May 20 for the first time in ten games. He went 0-for-3 and committed an error. Up until the game on May 29, he played in all forty-four games this season, but only made the starting line-up thirteen times.

Toritani expressed understanding of the situation and said he was grateful to all the managers that used him even during the bad times or when he was injured.

Source: Daily Spots 5/29/2018, Daily Sports 5/29/2018, Nikkan Sports 5/29/2018, Sponichi 5/29/2018, Tokyo Sports 5/29/2018


[9/13/2017] Takashi Toritani 2,000 Hits Commemorative Stamp Set

Ensky announced that they will be releasing a  Takashi Toritani 2,000 Hits Commemorative Stamp Set. The Japan Post started accepting orders for the set on September 12.

The set costs 5,900 yen and includes the following:

Orders will be accepted until November 30. Items will be shipped out beginning on January 19, 2018.

Source: Japan Post Press Release 9/11/2017, Japan Post Product Page


[9/8/2017] Takashi Toritani notches his 2,000th career hit

Takashi Toritani started tonight’s game against the Yokohama Bay Stars with 1,999 career hits. His first at bat came in the bottom of the second inning against Shoichi Ino. With a runner on first and one out, he hit a 2-0 pitch for an RBI double to right and became the fiftieth player in NPB history to reach the 2,000-hit milestone.



Takashi Toritani: Did You Know

Toritani was apparently a Seibu fan growing up. He decided to sign with Hanshin because he wanted to play on a dirt field.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/9/2017

Through September 28, 2017, Toritani has 134 modashos.

Source: Sanspo 9/29/2017

Charitable Work

Toritani visited a refugee camp located close to the border of West Thailand and Myanmar as a representative of the RED BIRD Project. He was there to take about 500 shoes/sneakers to children in the camp.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/27/2017



August 12 vs Yokohama at Yokohama – Toritani recorded his 100th hit of the season. He set a new Hanshin Tigers’ franchise record by notching his thirteenth consecutive season of 100 or more hits (2005 – 2017). The previous record of twelve was held by Taira Fujita (1967 – 1978) and Yutaka Wada (1988 – 1999).

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/13/2017, Sanspo 8/13/2017

September 9 vs Yokohama at Koshien Stadium – Toritani recorded the eighth walk-off of his career. Breakdown by type: home run (three times), double (one time), single (three times), sac fly (one time). He has also pushed home a run on a hit-by-pitch (June 8, 2007 vs Orix).

Source: Sponichi 9/10/2017

October 10 vs Chunichi at Koshien Stadium – Toritani walked for the 1,000th time of his career in the fifth inning. He became the fifteenth player in NPB history to reach the milestone.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/10/2017


April 15 vs Yakult at Koshien Stadium – Toritani recorded the 135th modasho of his career. He notched his first modasho on September 12, 2004.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/16/2018

May 4 vs Chunichi at Koshien Stadium – Toritani became the fifty-first player in NPB history to play in 2,000 games. He also joined Taira Fujita (2010 games) and Yoshio Yoshida (2007 games) as the only Hanshin lifers to play in 2000 or more games.

Source: Tokyo Sports 5/4/2018, Daily Sports 5/4/2018, Sponichi 5/4/2018

May 18 vs Chunichi at Nagoya Dome – Toritani played in his 2,011th game and moved into sole possession of first on the Tigers’ franchise all-time list for games played. He made it into the game in the ninth inning as a pinch-hitter and recorded a sac bunt.

Source: Daily Sports 5/18/2018, Nikkan Sports 5/18/2018

October 4 vs Yakult at Koshien Stadium – Toritani set a new Tigers record with the 2,065th hit of his career (fifth inning, pinch-hitter, RBI single to center, off Tomoya Hoshi). He started the game tied with Taira Fujita.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/4/2018, Daily Sports 10/4/2018, Sponichi 10/4/2018, Sanspo 10/4/2018, Sanspo 10/5/2018


Slugger prepared three third baseman gloves for Toritani. He will test them during spring camp in February 2018. Toritani started the 2017 season with his usual shortstop glove before moving over to a third baseman’s glove partway through the year.

Source: Sponichi 12/31/2017, Daily Sports 12/31/2017



[5/25/2017] Takashi Toritani has a broken nose

Takashi Toritani was hit by a pitch on the face during last night’s (May 24) game against the Yomiuri Giants. He was taken to a hospital in Hyogo and diagnosed with a broken nose. He will not be taken off the active roster for the time being. He was re-examined again earlier today and wore a black face guard during pre-game practices.

Source: Daily Sports 5/25/2017, Daily Sports 5/25/2017, Nikkan Sports 5/25/2017, Nikkan Sports 5/25/2017, Sponichi 5/25/2017

[UPDATE 5/26 @ 2:44pm]

Toritani suffered fractures in two places in his nasal bone.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/26/2017

[UPDATE 5/27 @ 6:12pm]

Toritani was able to play without the face guard today.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/27/2017


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[5/25/2017] Takashi Toritani hit by pitch on face

Mitsuo Yoshikawa hit Takashi Toritani in the face with a 144km/h fastball in the fifth inning of tonight’s (May 24) game between the Yomiuri Giants and Hanshin Tigers at Koshien Stadium. A stretcher was prepared, but Toritani was able to get up and walk off the field on his own. He was taken to a hospital for tests. Tomoaki Kanemoto told reporters he thought the ball hit Toritani on the nose.

Source: Sanspo 5/24/2017, Nikkan Sports 5/24/2017


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[1/25/2017] Takashi Toritani willing to take position other than short

Thirty-five-year-old Takashi Toritani reportedly told Tomoaki Kanemoto at the end of last year that he wanted to play short. His preference apparently did not sit well with some people in the organization: they felt he should be willing to take one for the team and play any position available to him.

On January 24, Toritani opened his workouts to the media and told reporters that he felt this would be a very important season for him. He hinted that this could be his last year if he failed to win a starting job, but added that his goal was to keep playing. He made no mention of wanting only to play short, and instead said that he wanted to find a position that would allow him to play everyday.

Source: Daily Sports 1/25/2017, Tokyo Sports 1/25/2017


[12/7/2016] Takashi Toritani wants to play shortstop

Tomoaki Kanemoto spoke to thirty-five-year-old Takashi Toritani about next season in late-November. Toritani expressed his desire to play short and Kanemoto is planning to give him another chance. The veteran will have to compete for the everyday job during spring camp. His main rival will be twenty-two-year-old Fumiya Hojo. Since the team is going through a bit of a youth movement, Toritani will have to prove he can do a better job, otherwise Kanemoto will go with the younger option.

Source: Sponichi 12/7/2016