Araki, Masahiro 荒木 雅博 (あらき・まさひろ)
Chunichi Dragons | #2 | INF
Born: 09/12/1977 (age 41)
Height: 180cm
Weight: 74kg
Bats: R
Throws: R
Blood Type: A
Hometown: Kumamoto
Draft: 1995, 1st Round
History: 熊本工高(甲)
Roster Changes: removed 08/27/2016, added 09/17/2016

[10/6/2018] Masahiro Araki holds press conference to announce retirement

Forty-one-year-old Masahiro Araki held a press conference at Nagoya Dome earlier today and formally announced his decision to retire.

Source: Chunichi 10/6/2018


[9/26/2018] Hitoki Iwase and Masahiro Araki also planning to retire

According to a report by Tokyo Sports, forty-three-year-old Hitoki Iwase and forty-one-year-old Masahiro Araki are planning to retire at the end of the season. Both players are expected to remain in the organization, Iwase as a pitching coach and Araki as an infield/base coach. The Dragons could schedule a retirement game for Araki some time in March next year during an exhibition game at Nagoya Dome. Iwase’s retirement game will most likely come during the last home game of the season on September 30.

Source: Tokyo Sports 9/26/2018

[UPDATE @ 11:16pm]

Nikkan Sports, Daily Sports, and Sanspo have also posted reports about Iwase and Araki retiring after the season.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/26/2018, Daily Sports 9/26/2018, Sanspo 9/26/2018


[3/16/2018] Hitoki Iwase, Masahiro Araki lose coaching titles

The Chunichi Dragons announced on March 16 that pitcher/pitching coach Hitoki Iwase and infielder/infield coach Masahiro Araki will no longer be coaches. The team made the decision because the Central League agreement only allows up to eight coaches in the dugout. Iwase and Araki will maintain their duties as coaches.

Source: Sports Hochi 3/16/2018, Nikkan Sports 3/16/2018, Sponichi 3/16/2018


[9/18/2017] Masahiro Araki planning to remain active in 2018

Masahiro Araki has reportedly decided to remain active next year. The Chunichi Dragons will most likely support his decision. Assuming he does play for the team next year, he will establish a new record for a Chunichi position player lifer with a career spanning twenty-three years. Araki is currently tied with Kazuyoshi Tatsunami at twenty-two years.

Source: Daily Sports 9/18/2017

[UPDATE 9/19 @ 6:33pm]

Tokyo Sports is now also carrying a report that Araki wants to continue playing next year.

Source: Tokyo Sports 9/19/2017


Masahiro Araki: Did You Know


The cleats and bat Araki used when he recorded his 2,000th career hit will be donated to the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Tokyo. The items will be put on display at the museum beginning on June 24, 2017.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/21/2017



July 9 vs Yokohama at Yokohama – Araki entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning and hit a two-run home run. It was his first home run since July 8, 2016 and the first pinch-hit home run of his career.

At forty years and nine months, Araki joined Takahiro Saeki (forty-one years and five months; October 15, 2011 vs Yomiuri), Michihiro Ogasawara (forty years and five months; April 9, 2014 vs Yakult), and Kazuhiro Wada (forty-three years and two months; August 21, 2015 vs Yakult) as the only Dragons over forty to hit a pinch-hit home run.

Source: Sports Hochi 7/9/2018, Sponichi 7/9/2018, Sanspo 7/9/2018, Sponichi 7/10/2018, Nikkan Sports 7/10/2018


Araki is planning to use a shorter (0.5 inches shorter at thirty-three inches) and lighter (ten games lighter at 900 grams) bat in 2018, similar to what he used when he was younger.

Source: Sponichi 12/19/2017, Nikkan Sports 12/19/2017, Tokyo Sports 12/19/2017


[6/3/2017] Masahiro Araki reaches 2000-hit milestone

Masahiro Araki recorded the 2,000th hit of his career during today’s game against the Rakuten Eagles at Nagoya Dome. The hit came in the fourth inning off Manabu Mima. Araki is the forty-eighth player in NPB history to reach the 2,000-hit milestone. Senichi Hoshino (manager when Araki first entered the organization) presented the thirty-nine-year-old with flowers.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/3/2017, Daily Sports 6/3/2017, Sports Hochi 6/3/2017



[8/31/2016] Chunichi interested in retaining Iwase, Araki, Morino, and Viciedo

The Chunichi Dragons believe Hitoki Iwase (41), Masahiro Araki (38), and Masahiko Morino (38) are still capable of being productive players and plan to offer them contracts for the 2017 season. The Dragons will wait for Iwase to decide if he wants to continue playing or not.

The Dragons also believe Dayan Viciedo is an integral part of the team. He is also interested in returning. The two sides are expected to reach an agreement for the 2017 season.

Source: Sports Hochi 8/31/2016, Nikkan Sports 8/31/2016


[8/27/2016] Masahiro Araki to be taken off active roster

Masahiro Araki fouled a pitch off his left calf during a game against the Yokohama Bay Stars on August 7 and suffered a bruise. He aggravated it while playing defense in the second inning of Saturday’s game against the Hiroshima Carp at Nagoya Dome — he was replaced by Anderson Hernandez after Brad Eldred’s at bat. The Chunichi Dragons are planning to take him off the active roster.

Source: Sanspo 8/27/2016, Nikkan Sports 8/27/2016

[UPDATE 8/28 @ 9:24pm]

Araki aggravated both his left calf and his lower back (chronic). He was treated at a hospital after he was removed from Saturday’s game against the Carp. It is uncertain if he will be able to return to the active roster this season.

Source: Sponichi 8/28/2016


[8/7/2016] Masahiro Araki leaves game after fouling pitch off left leg

Masahiro Araki fouled a ball off the area under his left knee (perhaps the calf) during his second at bat in Sunday’s (August 7) game against the Yokohama Bay Stars at Yokohama Stadium. He was able to finish the at bat (flied out to left), but was replaced on defense in the bottom-half of the inning.

Araki told reporters he was planning to play the entire game, but was told after he returned to the dugout that he was going to be substituted.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/7/2016, Sanspo 8/7/2016


[8/6/2016] Chunichi Dragons: Masahiro Araki and Hitoki Iwase

Masahiro Araki stole his 370th career base in the fifth inning of a game against the Yokohama Bay Stars at Yokohama Stadium on August 6 and set a new Chunichi franchise record. The previous record of 369 was set by Morimichi Takagi in 1980.

Araki also tied Seizo Furukawa for eleventh on the all-time list.

Source: Sponichi 8/7/2016


Hitoki Iwase appeared in his 900th game on August 6. Only two other pitchers have appeared in more games: Tetsuya Yoneda (949) and Masaichi Kaneda (944).

At forty-one years and eight months, Iwase is the older pitcher to reach 900 games. The previous record of thirty-seven years and two months was set by Yoneda. Unlike Yoneda and Kaneda, Iwase appeared as a reliever in all but one game.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/6/2016, Sponichi 8/7/2016