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Hirata, Ryosuke 平田 良介 (ひらた・りょうすけ)
Chunichi Dragons | #6 | OF
Born: 03/22/1988 (age 31)
Height: 177cm
Weight: 88kg
Bats: R
Throws: R
Blood Type: B
Hometown: Osaka
Draft: 2005, High School 1st Round
History: 大阪桐蔭高(甲)
Roster Changes: removed 04/04/2016, added 04/21/2016, removed 09/13/2016
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[8/16/2018] Ryosuke Hirata hits for the cycle, fourth player this season

Ryosuke Hirata hit for the cycle during tonight’s game against the Yokohama Bay Stars at Nagoya Dome. He became the sixty-eighth player in NPB history (accomplished seventy-three times) and thirty-fifth in Central League history (accomplished thirty-eight times) to achieve the feat. He also became the fourth player to hit for the cycle this year (Yuki Yanagita, Tetsuto Yamada, and Masayuki Kuwahara), the eighth player in Chunichi history (accomplished eight times) to hit for the cycle, first since Yohei Oshima on July 20, 2016, and the first player to hit for the cycle at Nagoya Dome since Kosuke Fukudome on June 8, 2003.

Hirata hit a lead-off home run to left in the first inning, a two-run double to left in the second inning, a double to left-center in the fourth inning, a triple to right in the fifth inning, and a single to left in the seventh inning.

Additionally, Hirata…

Source: Tokyo Sports 8/16/2018, Nikkan Sports 8/16/2018, Nikkan Sports 8/17/2018, Daily Sports 8/16/2018, Daily Sports 8/17/2018, Sponichi 8/16/2018, Sponichi 8/17/2018

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[7/28/2018] Ryosuke Hirata has a bruised left pinky

Ryosuke Hirata got the start in right against the Yomiuri Giants on July 28. He was hit by a pitch on his left pinky during his first at bat in the first inning. He was helped off the field for treatment and ultimately replaced by a pinch-runner.

Hirata was taken to a hospital in Tokyo for test and was diagnosed with a bruise.

Source: Sponichi 7/28/2018, Sports Hochi 7/28/2018, Nikkan Sports 7/28/2018

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[6/24/2018] Ryosuke Hirata sits out a game

Ryosuke Hirata was hit by a pitch on near his right knee during a game against the Yokohama Bay Stars on June 23. He did not participate in pre-game practices and was left out of the starting line-up on June 24.

The Chunichi Dragons did not want to push Hirata because he had problems with his right knee last year. Hirata is hoping to return to the starting line-up on June 26.

Source: Sports Hochi 6/24/2018, Sports Hochi 6/24/2018, Sanspo 6/24/2018

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Ryosuke Hirata: Did You Know

Milestones

2018

September 24 vs Yakult at Nagoya Dome – Hirata played in the 1,000th game of his career and became the 495th player in NPB history to reach the milestone.

Source: Sponichi 9/24/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/25/2018


Miscellaneous

2018

November 29 – Hirata has three dreams: buy a house (completed in 2016), buy a Rolls Royce (purchased a Ghost Black Badge in 2018), finish with a successful career in baseball.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/29/2018


Equipment

2018

October 20 – Hirata is planning to test two kinds of bats during the off-season: he ordered a white ash bat and a maple bat from SSK.

Source: Daily Sports 10/20/2018

October 22 – Hirata tried using the bats and found that the white ash bats felt similar to the Japanese ash bats he used and the maple bats felt hard and hurt his hands.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/22/2018


Weight

2017

December 6 – Hirata currently weighs ninety-seven kilograms. He is trying to decide whether to drop his weight to ninety-four kilograms as usual, or to ninety kilograms out of consideration for right knee (right injury in June). Source: Sanspo 12/6/2017, Tokyo Sports 12/6/2017

2018

December 12 – Hirata wants his listed weight changed from ninety-four kilograms to eighty-seven kilograms. He was between ninety-two and ninety-four in 2017 and between eighty-six and eighty-eight this year. Source: Sanspo 12/12/2018

2019

January 24 – Hirata told reporters that he managed to drop his weight from ninety-four to ninety kilograms. He also told reporters that he wanted to drop about two more kilograms during spring camp and ideally start the season between eighty-six and eighty-eight kilograms. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/24/2019

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[6/18/2017] Ryosuke Hirata taken off active roster

Ryosuke Hirata was taken off the active roster today. The Chunichi Dragons told the media it was due to discomfort in his right knee. He has not been examined at a hospital.

Added additional information on 6/19 @ 1:41pm

Source: Sanpso 6/18/2017, Sponichi 6/19/2017

[UPDATE 6/21 @ 11:55am]

Hirata was examined at a hospital on June 20. He wore a brace when he visited Nagoya Stadium after his examination. He told reporters he still felt some pain when moving his right knee in certain directions, but was otherwise okay. He also told reporters he had his knee drained and need to keep the brace on for a couple weeks. He could end up missing the first-half of the season.

Source: Sports Hochi 6/21/2017, Daily Sports 6/21/2017

[UPDATE 6/21 @ 9:29pm]

Hirata hurt his right knee when he slid head-first into home plate during a game against Seibu on June 17. He has been good about avoiding head-first slides because he hurt his right shoulder three or four times. He had to be told by Hiromitsu Ochiai not to do it. But in the game against Seibu, he let his emotions get the better of him. He has no regrets, since it happened in the heat of the moment, but he also never wants to do another head-first slide again.

Source: Tokyo Sports 6/21/2017

[UPDATE 8/22 @ 3:46pm]

Hirata’s knee is taking longer to heal than expected. He was examined at a hospital in Nagoya today and was told that he does not need surgery. He will get a second opinion at a hospital in Osaka on August 24. Surgery could still be an option, depending on results from his second opinion.

Source: Sports Hochi 8/22/2017, Sports Hochi 8/22/2017

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[1/30/2017] Ryosuke Hirata gets checked out at hospital

Ryosuke Hirata did not participate in joint workouts at Chatan on January 30 because he was not feeling well. He worked out on his own after he was examined at a hospital. He told reporters there were no problems. He was able to attend the uniform press conference after practices.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/30/2017

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[11/5/2016] Ryosuke Hirata decides to stay with the Dragons

Ryosuke Hirata held a press conference at Nagoya Stadium today and announced that he decided to stay and will not exercise his free agent option.

The Dragons released the following comment from Hirata:

I decided not to exercise my free agent option and will stay with the Dragons. I met the team representative four times and spent over ten hours talking about things. We spoke about the culture of baseball, about my place within the organization, and about what kinds of things I should. There was a lot of talk about the intangibles.

I was told that I was an important part of the Dragons and my feelings about being a part of the team, about wanting to be a part of the Dragons, grew stronger. I was also told that I am a part of their plans for next season. I want to do what I can to live up to their expectations, both on a personal level and on a team level.

I want to thank the fans that may have been upset or worried. I talked to a lot of people and they all gave me their opinions, both good and bad. Regardless, I could feel just how much they cared. Please continue to cheer for the Ryosuke Hirata that will again play for the Chunichi Dragons next year. I promise to do what I can to get Nagoya excited.

Source: Chunichi announcement, Nikkan Sports 11/5/2016

[UPDATE 11/19 @ 11:14pm]

Hirata agreed to a five-year deal with a variable salary. He is set to make an estimated 120 million yen next year.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/19/2016

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[9/16/2016] Ryosuke Hirata resumes hitting practices

Ryosuke Hirata (right shoulder) resumed soft-toss batting practice today at Nagoya Stadium. He told reporters there were no problems when he swung the bat and that he might be able to take batting practice against a pitching machine tomorrow. It is unlikely that he will be able to return to the active roster before the end of the regular season.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/16/2016

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[9/15/2016] How serious is Chunichi about Oshima and Hirata?

Nikkan Sports is wondering just how serious the Chunichi Dragons are about keeping Yohei Oshima and Ryosuke Hirata. Team rep Kazuo Nishiyama has told reporters the two players are an important part of the team, but neither has been contacted by the front office.

If the team were in the middle of a pennant run, waiting would make sense, but with an almost guaranteed bottom-third finish, early contact, if only just to let them know they are needed, would not be too distracting. The Dragons could also be waiting until they finalize a decision on their next manager, but it might be too late by then.

Possibly an important point to remember: Hirata and Oshima were turned off by the way the team handled contract negotiations after the 2014 season. There were murmurs that the two might be willing to go to salary arbitration, an option most players in Japan tend to avoid. Hirata again had problems with negotiations after the 2015 season (less about himself and more about negotiations in general) and asked the team to become more transparent about their assessment methods.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/15/2016

[UPDATE @ 9:08pm]

Oshima told reporters today that he if he is not satisfied with the Dragons’ evaluation (offer), he will go somewhere else. But before that can happen, he first needs meet with team officials.

Source: Sponichi 9/15/2016

[UPDATE 9/16 @ 3:45pm]

The front office has reached out to Oshima and Hirata. They are currently working out a schedule. They could meet fairly soon.

Source: Daily Sports 9/16/2016

[UPDATE 9/16 @ 4:01pm]

According to Sports Hochi, Oshima is more concerned about money than years because he feels he is still young enough not to have to worry about long-term security (plus, money might be the easiest way to determine how much a team believes a player is worth). He also said that if he exercises his option and gets offers that are not that much better than Chunichi’s, he will probably stay.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/16/2016

[UPDATE 9/17 @ 7:01pm]

Team owner Bungo Shirai spoke to reporters on September 16 and said the organization would re-sign Oshima and Hirata, even if they exercised their free agent options. Team rep Kazuo Nishiyama will most likely handle negotiations.

Hirata is also open to testing the free agent market if he is not satisfied with Chunichi’s offer (he would like to begin with Chunichi, if possible). Like Oshima, he plans to stay if there is not a lot of a difference in offers.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/17/2016, Daily Sports 9/17/2016, Sponichi 9/17/2016, Nikkan Sports 9/17/2016

[UPDATE 9/18 @ 5:47pm]

The media learned on September 17 that Hirata would like ADM’s Toru Mihara to represent him during contract negotiations.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/18/2016

[UPDATE 9/22 @ 12:56am]

As of September 20, the Dragons have yet to reach out to Hirata or Oshima. To make matters more complicated, when Shirai was asked about replacing one or both outfielders through the free agent market on September 20, he said that was possibility and that there were plenty of replacements (could be the media blowing the quote out of proportion as well).

Tokyo Sports is reporting that Hirata might be interested in playing in the Majors and that he might stay with Chunichi just so that he can earn his international FA option sooner.

Source: Sanspo 9/21/2016, Sports Hochi 9/21/2016, Tokyo Sports 9/21/2016

[UPDATE 9/27 @ 4:34pm]

Oshima met team official Nishiyama for about an hour on September 26. He may have been offered a multi-year deal. He told reporters it was their first meeting and that things were still a lot of things to discuss.

Source: Daily Sports 9/27/2016

[UPDATE 9/28 @ 12:59pm]

The media learned on September 27 that General Manager Hiromitsu Ochiai will not be directly involved in negotiations with Oshima and Hirata. Nishiyama told reporters he would be the only one talking to the two players.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/27/2016, Sponichi 9/27/2016, Nikkan Sports 9/27/2016

[UPDATE 10/12 @ 7:01am]

Hirata is not planning to rush his decision and will most likely use all the time he has until the deadline.

Oshima is still fifty/fifty on his option. He reportedly met Nishiyama for the first time on September 26 and may have been offered a multi-year deal.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/11/2016, Daily Sports 10/11/2016, Sponichi 10/11/2016

[UPDATE 10/22 @ 11:19pm]

Discussions between Oshima and Chunichi are at a standstill after two meetings. The thirty-year-old outfielder told the Dragons he was interested in testing the free agent market. He spoke to reporters on October 21 and said that sincerity was not an issue, but that his feelings for testing the market just grew stronger.

Source: Daily Sports 10/22/2016

[UPDATE 10/29 @ 4:08pm]

Discussions with Oshima and Hirata are still ongoing. The Dragons have already scheduled their next meetings with the two players.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/29/2016

[UPDATE 10/30 @ 5:04pm]

There is a chance Oshima will stay with the Dragons. He met with the organization for a third time on October 29 and expressed a desire to play for the team next season. The Dragons may have offered a multi-year deal worth about 150 million yen a year.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/30/2016

[UPDATE 10/30 @ 9:36pm]

Hirata is still not sure what he wants to do with his option.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/30/2016

[UPDATE 10/31 @ 3:52pm]

Oshima told reporters on October 30 that he informed the Dragons that he decided to stay. He will not exercise his free agent option. He may have been offered a multi-year deal worth about 150 million yen a year.

Hirata is still on the fence.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/31/2016

[UPDATE 11/2 @ 3:58pm]

The Dragons may have offered Hirata a salary over 100 million yen. He made an estimated 70 million yen this year.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/2/2016

[UPDATE 11/2 @ 8:25pm]

Hirata met the Dragons today for the first time since the start of the free agent filing period. He told reporters before his meeting with the team that he was fifty-fifty on exercising his option.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/2/2016

[UPDATE 11/3 @ 9:50pm]

Hirata spoke to reporters today and told them that his meeting with the team yesterday did not touch on money, but rather about ways to improve playing conditions for the players, like installing new turf at Nagoya Dome.

Source: Tokyo Sports 11/3/2016, Daily Sports 11/3/2016

Hirata may have been offered a multi-year deal worth about 120 million a year. He made an estimated 70 million this year.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/3/2016

[UPDATE 11/4 @ 6:33pm]

Hirata is not necessarily looking to leave the Dragons. He believes he will stay if they improve playing conditions.

Source: Daily Sports 11/4/2016

[UPDATE 11/5 @ 3:10pm]

The Dragons believe discussions with Hirata are going well. They may have offered him a multi-year deal worth about 100 million yen a year. They might reach an agreement today.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/5/2016

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[9/13/2016] Ryosuke Hirata leaves game with shoulder injury

Ryosuke Hirata hurt his right shoulder while chasing after a baseball in the fifth inning of a game against the Hiroshima Carp at Nagoya Dome on September 13. He was replaced on defense in the 6th inning.

Hirata was taken to a hospital in Nagoya for tests and diagnosed with a minor right shoulder labrum injury. He later told reporters that he first started feeling pain in his shoulder about half a month ago. He was able to play through the pain, but it got worse, to the point where it was throbbing when he stood. He will most likely be taken off the active roster on September 14 and will be shut down for about a week. He might end up missing the rest of the season.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/13/2016, Sponichi 9/13/2016, Nikkan Sports 9/13/2016

[UPDATE 9/14 @ 7:41pm]

Hirata told reporters that he suffered the same injury during his third year in high school (September 2005). He also admitted that the injury affected his swing.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/14/2016

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