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Arai, Takahiro 新井 貴浩 (あらい・たかひろ)
Hiroshima Carp | #25 | INF
Born: 01/29/1977 (age 40)
Height: 189cm
Weight: 102kg
Bats: R
Throws: R
Blood Type: B
Hometown: Hiroshima
Draft: 1998, 6th Round
History: 広島工高-駒大-広島-阪神
Roster Changes: removed 10/01/2016, added 10/11/2016
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[10/5/2017] Takahiro Arai misses practices with tonsillitis

Takahiro Arai missed practices on October 5 because he was not feeling well. He was taken to a hospital in Hiroshima for tests and diagnosed with tonsillitis.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/5/2017

[UPDATE 10/9 @ 9:12pm]

Arai resumed workouts at the indoor training facilities at Mazda Stadium today.

Source: Daily Sports 10/9/2017

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[9/19/2017] Takahiro Arai will still have a big role in 2018

The Hiroshima Carp would like forty-year-old veteran Takahiro Arai to return next year. Arai also seems to be interested in remaining active. He told reporters that while he was at a point in his career where his own feelings were no longer enough to keep him going, he still felt motivated to play when he thought about the cheering fans.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/19/2017

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[6/28/2017] Takahiro Arai takes batted ball off elbow

Takahiro Arai was hit by a ball during pre-game practice today. He was running the bases when a batted ball struck him near the left elbow.

Arai told the media he was okay as he left the field. He later got into a taxi with a support brace on his elbow. He returned to the stadium after the start of tonight’s game without the brace and told reporters he was fine and that they should talk to the team trainer.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/28/2017, Nikkan Sports 6/28/2017Tokyo Sports 6/28/2017, Daily Sports 6/28/2017

[UPDATE 6/29 @ 12:21am]

Arai was examined at a hospital in Yokohama and diagnosed with a bruise on his left elbow joint. He feels he should be okay to play on June 30 (there is no game on June 29).

Source: Daily Sports 6/28/2017, Sports Hochi 6/28/2017

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[3/23/2017] Takahiro Arai missed a few games with bruised knee

Takahiro Arai missed four games after he banged his right knee on the ground while playing defense during a game against Rakuten on March 15. He returned to the line-up on March 22 against Orix and went 1-for-2 with a walk and a double.

Source: Sponichi 3/23/2017

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[2/20/2017] Takahiro Arai to continue training in Nichinan

Takahiro Arai will not be traveling to Okinawa for the second leg of Ichi-gun camp. He will instead stay back in Nichinan (Ni-gun camp) for more work. He will rejoin the Ichi-gun team in March.

Source: Sponichi 2/20/2017

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[9/25/2016] Takahiro Arai pushes RBI total to 101

Takahiro Arai pushed his RBI total to 101 during Saturday’s game against the Yakult Swallows and became the fifth player in NPB history to record 100 RBI during the season they turned thirty-nine or older.

The other four players:

  1. Takeshi Yamasaki with 107 in 2009 at forty-one years and 108 in 2007 at thirty-nine years
  2. Hiromitsu Kadota with 125 in 1988 at forty years
  3. Tuffy Rhodes with 118 in 2008 at forty years
  4. Tomoaki Kanemoto with 108 in 2008 at forty years.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/25/2016

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[8/30/2016] Hiroshima Prefecture to give Kuroda, Arai Prefectural Honor Awards

Hiroshima Governor Hidehiko Yuzaki announced during a press conference on August 30 that the prefecture was going to give Olympic gold medalist Rie Kaneto and Hiroshima Carp players Hiroki Kuroda (200 wins) and Takahiro Arai (2,000 hits) Prefectural Honor Awards.

Source: Hiroshima Prefecture announcement

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[8/25/2016] Takahiro Arai reaches another milestone: 1,000 runs scored

Takahiro Arai crossed the plate for the 1,000th time in his career during Thursday’s game against the Yomiuri Giants at Tokyo Dome. The milestone came in the sixth inning when he reached first on a ground out to third, advanced to second on a wild pitch, then scored on a single to center by Seiya Suzuki.

Arai is the forty-first player to record 1,000 runs scored. At thirty-nine years and six months, he is the sixth oldest player to reach the milestone. He scored his 1,000th run in his 2,197th game. Only Yasunori Oshima needed more games (2,347).

Source: Daily Sports 8/25/2016

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[8/2/2016] Takahiro Arai blasts 300th home run

Takahiro Arai blasted the 300th home run of his career tonight. The milestone homer came in the second inning with a runner on first, no out, and Masanori Ishikawa on the mound for the Yakult Swallows.

Arai is the forty-second player in NPB history to hit 300 home runs. He set a new record by hitting his 300th home run in his 2,179th game. No other player has needed more games to reach the milestone. The previous record of 1,862 games was set by Makoto Matsubara in 1978. At thirty-nine years and six months, he is the second oldest player to hit 300 home runs. The oldest was Kazuhiro Wada at forty-one years and nine months.

Arai is one of twenty-five players to record both 300 home runs and 2,000 hits.

Source: Sponichi 8/2/2016, Sponichi 8/3/2016Sports Hochi 8/2/2016

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[7/13/2016] Takahiro Arai is 16-for-27 so far this month

Takahiro Arai recorded his third four-hit game of the season during a game against the Yomiuri Giants at Mazda Stadium on July 12. He also notched his twenty-first multi-home run game of his career, seventeen with Hiroshima (first since July 1, 2007), and seventh against the Giants.

Arai is now 16-for-27 with four doubles, five home runs, sixteen RBI, and a slash line of .529/.645/1.296 in seven games this month (through July 12).

Source: Sponichi 7/13/2016, Sanspo 7/13/2016

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