Tanaka, Kensuke 田中 賢介 (たなか・けんすけ)
Nippon Ham Fighters | #3 | INF
Born: 05/19/1981 (age 37)
Height: 176cm
Weight: 78kg
Bats: L
Throws: R
Blood Type: O
Hometown: Fukuoka
Draft: 1999, 2nd Round
History: 東福岡高(甲)-日本ハム-ジャイアンツ-レンジャーズ-3Aラウンドロック
Roster Changes: removed 09/30/2016, added 10/11/2016

[12/25/2018] Kensuke Tanaka to retire after 2019 season

Thirty-seven-year-old Kensuke Tanaka spoke to the media today after meeting the Nippon Ham Fighters to finalize his contract for the 2019 season and announced his plan to retire after the season. He told reporters that he decided to make the announcement early because he wanted to make it easier on everyone. The Fighters asked him to reconsider because he might feel differently later on, but his mind was set: there was a growing gap between what he thought he could do and what he could actually do.

Source: Nippon Ham 12/25/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/25/2018, Daily Sports 12/25/2018


[8/21/2018] Kensuke Tanaka re-earns FA option

Thirty-seven-year-old Kensuke Tanaka re-earned his free agent option today. He exercised his international free agent option after the 2012 season and headed to the Majors in 2013. He returned to the Nippon Ham Fighters in 2015. He told reporters today that he wanted to finish his career with the Fighters.

Source: Jiji 8/21/2018, Sanspo 8/21/2018


Kensuke Tanaka: Did You Know



July 24 vs Rakuten at Rakuten Seimei – Tanaka played in the 1,500th game of his career. He became the 192nd player in NPB history to reach the milestone.

Source: Daily Sports 7/24/2018

Charitable Work

Tanaka has been involved in a Pink Ribbon project since 2008. He donated enough money to pay for two mammography exams for every hit he recorded last year (306 exams). He plans to donate one mammography exam for every hit he records this year.

Through last season, Tanaka has donated enough money to pay for 2,678 mammography exams.

Tanaka will donate one mammography exam for every hit he records in 2017. He will also be giving away 300 pairs of Fighters’ tickets to help increase awareness of the Pink Ribbon project.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/25/2017, Nikkan Sports 6/19/2017Pink Ribbon Sapporo 6/19/2017


[9/29/2016] Nippon Ham Fighters planning to offer K. Tanaka and Miyanishi new contracts

Thirty-five-year-old Kensuke Tanaka and thirty-one-year-old Naoki Miyanishi are both in the final year of a two-year deal. The Nippon Ham Fighters are planning to offer both players new contracts. Miyanishi has an international free agent option, but is not going to exercise it.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/29/2016