Sapporo Dome announced today that this year’s Sapporo Dome MVP will go to Haruki Nishikawa. He was selected because:
June 1 vs Chunichi at Sapporo Dome – Nishikawa became the seventy-fifth player in NPB history to reach the 200 stolen base milestone when he stole second in the second inning.
August 8 vs Rakuten at Sapporo Dome – Nishikawa recorded the second lead-off home run of his career (first inning, off Yuri Furukawa). He hit his first lead-off home run on May 2, 2015 against Lotte.
Nishikawa will have LASIK surgery this winter. He is hoping his vision will increase from 0.1 to 1.5 (Japan uses the decimal system).
Source: Nikkan Sports 11/14/2017
Nishikawa will be appearing in parent company Nippon Ham’s new round of national television spots in 2018.
Source: Sponichi 12/27/20170 Comments
Haruki Nishikawa missed practices today. He was examined at a hospital in Nago and diagnosed with viral gastroenteritis. He is considered day-to-day.
Source: Sponichi 2/24/20170 Comments
Haruki Nishikawa blasted a walk-off grand slam to give the Nippon Ham Fighters a 5-1 victory over the Hiroshima Carp on Thursday.
Nishikawa is the eighteenth player (accomplished eighteen times) to hit a grand slam during a Nippon Series game, first since Kazuya Fukuura in 2005 (Game 3). He is the first player in franchise history to accomplish the feat.
He is the fifteenth player (accomplished sixteen times) to hit a walk-off home run during a Nippon Series game, first since Akira Nakamura in 2014 (Game 4). He joins Koichi Iwashita (1962, Game 5) as the only players in franchise history to accomplish the feat.
He is the second player to hit a walk-off grand slam during a Nippon Series game. The other player was Toru Sugiura in 1992 (Game 1).
He hit five home runs during the regular season this year. Only three other players have hit a walk-off during a Nippon Series in the same year they recorded five or less home runs during the regular season: Kazuhisa Inao in 1958 (Game 5, four home runs), Koichi Iwashita in 1962 (Game 5, four home runs), and Hector Cruz in 1983 (Game 5, four home runs).
Source: Nikkan Sports 10/28/20160 Comments
Haruki Nishikawa missed Sunday’s (May 1) game against Lotte at QVC Marine because of pain in his right shoulder (chronic condition). He is considered day-to-day.
Source: Nikkan Sports 5/2/20160 Comments