Fumihito Haraguchi posted a letter over Twitter announcing that he was diagnosed with colon cancer. He is planning to have surgery to treat the condition in the very near future and his goal is to make it back to the playing field as soon as possible.
[UPDATE 2/1 @ 12:05am]
Haraguchi told fans over Twitter that went under the knife without any issues and was making good progress.0 Comments
Fumihito Haraguchi hurt his left hand when he fouled off a pitch during a game against the Yakult Swallows at Koshien Stadium on September 14. He had been playing through the pain, but the Hanshin Tigers decided to take him off the active roster on September 21 with a fracture in his fifth metacarpal.0 Comments
October 5 vs Chunichi at Koshien Stadium – Haraguchi entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning and recorded a single to center off Shotaro Kasahara. He is now 23-for-52 as a pinch-hitter this season. The twenty-three hits tied a Tigers record, set by Shinjiro Hiyama in 2008. The Central League record of thirty-one was set by Mitsuru Manaka in 2007.
Relationships and Family
The Hanshin Tigers announced on April 1 that Haraguchi’s wife gave birth to the couple’s first child, a boy weighing 2,930 grams, at a hospital in Saitama on March 31.
Source: Sanspo 11/22/2018
Strategy/Battery Coach Akihiro Yano would like to set an everyday catcher this season. He is hoping to have a better idea of which player he plans to go with by mid-March. Options include Taichi Okazaki, Ryutaro Umeno, and Seishiro Sakamoto. Fumihito Haraguchi was also in the mix, but Yano told reporters today that he thought the twenty-five-year-old might be better suited to play first.
Harguchi was hoping to win the everyday job at catcher this year, but the Tigers want to keep his bat in the line-up. His shoulder is feeling better, but playing first would mean less strain and fewer things to worry about.0 Comments
The Hanshin Tigers announced today that Fumihito Haraguchi (24) filed marriage papers with a twenty-four-year-old woman from Saitama.0 Comments
The Hanshin Tigers like Fumihito Haraguchi’s bat, but feel his abilities behind the plate still need more work. To keep his bat in the line-up, they are thinking about giving him a look at third base during fall camp. He has played a few games at first base recently (problems with his right shoulder), but that is more a short term solution.
Source: Sanspo 9/2/20160 Comments
Shintaro Fujinami and Fumihito Haraguchi were diagnosed with bruises, Fujinami with a bruise on his right thumb and Haraguchi a bruise on his left thumb. Both players will remain on the active roster for the time being and will be with the Ichi-gun team during their road trip to Sapporo.
Fujinami could be okay to make his next start, most likely on June 16 against Orix at Koshien Stadium, assuming no major changes to his condition.
[UPDATE @ 7:10pm]
Haraguchi was able to participate in pre-game practices today with his thumb taped up. The bruise did not appear to affect his hitting during batting practice.
Source: Nikkan Sports 6/10/20160 Comments
Fumihito Haraguchi left last night’s game against the Chiba Lotte Marines at QVC Marine early because of a jammed left thumb. He was taken to a hospital in Tokyo for tests during the game.
Haraguchi most likely suffered the injury when he tried to catch a foul tip off Ikuhiro Kiyota’s bat in the fifth. He finished out the inning, but was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the sixth.0 Comments
Kenta Ishida, Yokohama (First Time)
4 G, 4-0, 27.0 IP, 0.33 ERA, 24 SO, 1 ER
Beginning with a start on May 4 against Yakult and lasting partway through a start on May 25 against Chunichi, he put together a streak of twenty-six scoreless innings in between four starts. He was tied for the league lead in wins and ERA in May.
Fumihito Haraguchi, Hanshin (First Time)
24 G, .380 AVG, 30 H, 5 HR, 17 RBI
He was added to the seventy-man roster on April 27 and played in his first game on the same day. He was the starting catcher in twenty-three or twenty-four games in May. He led the league in batting average and picked up a walk-off hit on May 19 against Chunichi. He is the first position player with Ikusei experience in either league to win the award.
Dennis Sarfate, Sofbank (First Time)
16 G, 0-1, 12 S, 16.0 IP, 1.69 ERA, 16 SO, 3 ER
He pitched in sixteen games in May and set a new Pacific League record for saves in one month with twelve. He recorded holds after entering games in the ninth inning with the score tied on May 4 against Nippon Ham and May 14 against Orix. He recorded six consecutive perfect saves between May 22 and May 31. He notched his 150th career save on May 31.
Brandon Laird, Nippon Ham (First Time)
28 G, .315 AVG, 35 H, 10 HR, 28 RBI
He played in twenty-three games in May and led the league in home runs, runs (19), total bases (68), and slugging (.791). His twenty-one RBI was good for third. He recorded his first two-homer game of the season on May 3 against Softbank. He hit home runs in consecutive trips to the plate for the first time in his NPB career on May 19 against Softbank. He also recorded two home runs in back-to-back games on May 28 and 29.0 Comments
Fumihito Haraguchi was presented with the Sankei Sports Hanshin Tigers Gekirei Series Outstanding Player Award on June 3. The Gekirei Series took place over thirteen home games at Koshien between April 29 and May 22. Haraguchi was given the award for his performance at the plate: he batted .450 during the series and recorded a number of big hits, including a walk-off against Chunichi on May 19 and a modasho against Hiroshima on May 22.
Source: Sanspo 6/4/20160 Comments