Messenger, Randy メッセンジャー (めっせんじゃー)
Hanshin Tigers | #54 | P
Born: 08/12/1981 (age 36)
Height: 198cm
Weight: 121kg
Bats: R
Throws: R
Blood Type: N/A
History: スパークス高-マーリンズ-ジャイアンツ-マリナーズ-3Aタコマ

[8/10/2017] Randy Messenger leaves start after taking batted ball off foot

Randy Messenger left tonight’s game against the Yomiuri Giants after a batted ball hit him near the right ankle. Shinnosuke Abe led off the seventh inning with a liner that hit Messenger in the right foot. Messenger was removed from the game and later taken to a hospital in Tokyo for tests.

Source: Sanspo 8/10/2017, Sanspo 8/10/2017, Nikkan Sports 8/10/2017, Sponichi 8/10/2017, Daily Sports 8/10/2017

[UPDATE 8/11 @ 8:58pm]

The Tigers announced earlier today that Messenger was diagnosed with a left fibula fracture. He was taken off the active roster on the same day. There is a chance he could end up missing the rest of the season.

Source: Sports Hochi 8/11/2017, Daily Sports 8/11/2017, Nikkan Sports 8/11/2017, Sponichi 8/11/2017, Tokyo Sports 8/11/2017

[UPDATE 8/16 @ 10:22pm]

The Tigers announced that today that Messenger temporarily returned to the United States for a second opinion and treatment on his fractured fibula. There is no timetable for his return at this point in time, though he is expected to use the Naruohama facilities for rehab.

Source: Daily Sports 8/16/2017, Nikkan Sports 8/16/2017, Daily Sports 8/16/2017



[5/9/2017] Nihon Seimei MVP of the Month Awards for March/April

Central League


Randy Messenger, Hanshin (Second Time)
5 G, 4-0, 32.1 IP, 1.95 ERA, 37 SO, 7 ER

Messenger picked up his second MVP of the Month Award of his career. He led the league in wins (four) and strikeouts (thirty-seven). He recorded two victories against the Hiroshima Carp and helped keep his team within striking distance of first place. Yomiuri’s Tomoyuki Sugano was also under consideration, but Messenger got the nod because of his four wins and rock-steady performances. He is the first Hanshin player to win the award since Yuta Iwasada in September 2016. He joins Randy Bass (April 1985, June 1986) and Jason Standridge (June 2011, July 2011) as the only foreign pitchers in franchise history to win the award twice (he also won the award in July 2013).


Yohei Oshima, Chunichi (First Time)
26 G, .372 AVG, 42 H, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 5 SB

Oshima got the nod for MVP of the Month for the first time in his career. He played in every game in March/April and led the league in hitting (.372) and hits (forty-two). He recorded forty-one hits in April and became the first player to collect at least forty hits in a month since Soichiro Tateoka connected for forty in August 2015. He also recorded four hits in one game four times. On April 30, he became the 286th player in NPB history to reach the 1,000 hit milestone. Oshima is the first Dragon to win the award since Dayan Viciedo in March/April 2016.

Pacific League


Chihiro Kaneko, Orix (Seventh Time)
5 G, 4-0, 37.0 IP, 1.70 ERA, 2 CG, 1 ShO, 23 SO, 7 ER

Kaneko pitched in five games during March/April and recorded a league-leading two complete games. His four wins and thirty-seven innings were tied for most in the league and his 1.70 ERA was second best. He got off to a slow start by giving up four runs over five innings to Rakuten on opening day, but limited Nippon Ham to two runs over six innings on April 7 and recorded his first win of the season. He tossed a two-hit shutout against Softbank on April 14 and picked up his third win of the season by keeping Nippon Ham to one run over eight innings. He tossed his second complete game of the year on April 26 against Seibu for his fourth win. This is the seventh time he won the award, first since September 2014.


Takahiro Okada, Orix (Second Time)
23 G, .351 AVG, 27 H, 7 HR, 15 RBI

Okada played in all twenty-three games in March/April. He led the league in slugging (.675) and was tied for first in home runs (seven) and total bases (fifty-two). His on base percentage (.485) was good for second, runs scored (eighteen) good for third, and batting average (.351) good for fifth. He safely reached base in seventeen consecutive games, between April 8 and 30, and failed to reach base in only two games. He recorded three hits and three RBI in each game on April 20 against Nippon Ham and April 25 against Seibu. This is the second time he won the award, first since July 2010.

Orix players have now won the award seventy-one times, most in league history. Seibu and Nippon Ham each have seventy. Orix pitchers and hitters have now won the award during the same month ten times, also most in league history.

Source: NPB 5/9/2017


Randy Messenger: Did You Know

Messenger recorded his twentieth double-digit strikeout game on April 21, 2017. He became the first foreign pitcher to accomplish the feat and the fifth player in Hanshin franchise history (behind Yutaka Enatsu’s 69, Minoru Murayama’s 32, Masaaki Koyama’s 27, and Kei Igawa’s 24).

Double-digit strikeout totals, beginning with his first year in 2010:

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/22/2017

Messenger notched his tenth shutout during a game against the Yakult Swallows on August 4 and became the fifth foreign pitcher in NPB history to record at least ten shutouts during their NPB career. The other four: Tai-Yuan Kuo with twenty-four, Gene Bacque with twenty-two, Joe Stanka with eighteen, and Genji Kaku with seventeen.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/5/2017



[12/2/2016] Hanshin Tigers sign Messenger, Mateo to new contracts

The Hanshin Tigers announced on November 29 that they signed Randy Messenger (35) and Marcos Mateo (32) to new contracts for the 2017 season. According to the media, Messenger agreed to a two-year contract with an estimated annual salary of 350 million yen. Mateo signed a one-year contract worth an estimated 110 million yen.

Messenger will become the first foreign player to spend eight years with the Hanshin Tigers next year. The previous record of seven years was held by Gene Bacque (1962-1968) and Jeff Williams (2003-2009).

Source: Hanshin announcement (Messenger), Hanshin announcement (Mateo), Daily Sports 11/29/2016, Daily Sports 11/29/2016


[10/3/2016] Hanshin Tigers could offer Randy Messenger a two-year extension

The Hanshin Tigers might be getting ready to offer Randy Messenger a two-year extension.

Messenger is currently thirty-five. Age might be a concern, but he has managed to pitch at least 185 innings in each of his last five seasons. He is also slated to earn his domestic free agent option next year, which means he will lose his foreign player status in 2018 (second year of the contract). All things considered, not a bad risk to take.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/3/2016, Nikkan Sports 10/3/2016


[8/26/2016] Randy Messenger notches the first modasho of his career

Randy Messenger collected three hits on Thursday night against the Yokohama Bay Stars at Yokohama Stadium. It was the first modasho of his NPB career. Messenger is the first Hanshin pitcher to record a modasho since Shinobu Fukuhara on August 19, 2006 and the first foreign Hanshin pitcher since Trey Moore on August 14, 2002.

Source: Sponichi 8/26/2016, Sanspo 8/26/2016


[8/23/2016] Hanshin Tigers planning to offer Randy Messenger an extension

The Hanshin Tigers are planning to offer Randy Messenger a contract for the 2017 season. Age might be a concern, but beyond that is the uncertainty of being able to find as good a replacement, not just in terms of numbers, but also presence.

Messenger finished a two-year deal last season and agreed to a one-year extension during the winter. If he returns to the Tigers next year, he will be the first foreign player to spend more than seven years in the organization. He is currently tied with Gene Bacque (1962-1968) and Jeff Williams (2003-2009).


[8/13/2016] Randy Messenger notched fifth double-digit win season

Randy Messenger recorded a win against the Chunichi Dragons on August 12 for his tenth win of the year and fifth double-digit win season (2011-2014, 2016). Messenger and Gene Bacque are the only two foreign pitchers in franchise history to win ten or more games in five seasons (Bacque accomplished the feat in five consecutive seasons between 1964 and 1968). Only one other foreign pitcher in NPB history has more double-digit win seasons: Tai-Yuan Kuo with six (1987-1989, 1991, 1992, 1994).

Source: Sponichi 8/13/2016, Sanspo 8/13/2016


[8/7/2016] Randy Messenger struggles at Jingu Stadium

In fifteen games at Jingu Stadium, Randy Messenger is 4-6 with an ERA of 5.57.

Career Numbers at Jingu Stadium

2010 3.86 3 2 1 1 0 0 14.0 12 2 10 2 0 6 6 1.00
2011 8.22 2 2 0 1 0 0 7.2 9 0 4 5 0 7 7 1.83
2012 6.00 2 2 0 1 0 0 9.0 11 0 7 6 1 6 6 1.89
2013 2.25 3 3 2 0 0 0 20.0 12 1 23 4 1 5 5 0.80
2014 9.00 3 3 1 2 0 0 15.0 26 4 13 6 0 16 15 2.13
2015 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
2016 7.27 2 2 0 1 0 0 8.2 12 0 6 6 0 8 7 2.08
  5.57 15 14 4 6 0 0 74.1 82 7 63 29 2 48 46 1.49

[5/29/2016] Randy Messenger reaches 1,000 strikeout milestone

Randy Messenger notched the 1,000th strikeout of his career during his start against the Yomiuri Giants at Tokyo Dome earlier today. Yoshiyuki Kamei (eighth inning) was number 1,000.

Messenger is the 145th pitcher in NPB history to record 1,000 strikeouts. He joins Victor Starffin (1,960), Genji Kaku (1,415), and Tai-Yuan Kuo (1,069) as the only foreign pitchers in NPB history to reach the milestone.

FWIW: Messenger recorded his first career strikeout against the Yomiuri Giants at Koshien Stadium on April 8, 2010. Yoshinobu Takahashi was strikeout number one.

Source: Daily Sports 5/29/2016