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

[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


[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


[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


[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


[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


[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


[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


Takahiro Arai: Did You Know

Arai blasted home runs in consecutive bats against the Yomiuri Giants on April 12, 2017. It was the twenty-second time he hit two home runs in one game over his career, first since July 12, 2016. At forty years and two months, he is the second player in Hiroshima Carp history over forty to accomplish the feat. The other was Sachio Kinugasa on June 14, 1987 at forty years and four months.

Source: Sponichi 4/13/2017

On May 4, 2017, Arai recorded a hit against the 517th different pitcher he faced and tied the NPB record held by Motonobu Tanishige.

Source: Sponichi 5/5/2017

Arai recorded a pinch-hit, come-from-behind, three-run home run with two out in the ninth inning of a game against the Yakult Swallows at Jingu Stadium on May 7, 2017.

At forty-years and five months, he became the oldest player in Hiroshima Carp franchise history to record a pinch-hit home run. The previous record of thirty-nine years and ten months was set by Koji Yamamoto on September 11, 1986. Forty-seven home runs have now been hit by players over forty in NPB history. He is the first to record a pinch-hit, come-from-behind home run in the ninth inning with two out.

The pinch-hit home run was the eleventh of his career (tenth in a Hiroshima uniform).

Source: Sanspo 7/8/2017, Sponichi 7/8/2017, Nikkan Sports 7/8/2017

Through 2015, Takahiro Arai is 13-for-25 with two home runs and four RBI in thirteen All-Star Games.

All-Star Awards

All-Star Appearances: 2002, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2013, 2015, 2016

Source: Daily Sports 6/28/2016

Arai has so far his three walk-off home runs during his career:

Source: Sponichi 7/19/2016


Takahiro Arai: Countdown to 2,000 hits

Takahiro Arai became the forty-seventh player in NPB history to reach the 2,000 hit milestone on April 26. The defining moment came in the top of the third against the Yakult Swallows with Yoshihisa Naruse on the mound. Arai hit an 1-0 pitch for an RBI double to left.

Some interesting facts about the milestone:

Source: Daily Sports 4/26/2016, Sponichi 4/26/2016, Sponichi 4/26/2016, Nikkan Sports 4/26/2016

Youtube videos of the hit: one, two (since these are not official, they can be taken down at any moment)