Nakata, Sho 中田 翔 (なかた・しょう)
Nippon Ham Fighters | #6 | INF
Born: 04/21/1989 (age 30)
Height: 183cm
Weight: 104kg
Bats: R
Throws: R
Blood Type: O
Hometown: Hiroshima
Draft: 2007, High School 1st Round
History: 大阪桐蔭高(甲)
Roster Changes: removed 09/30/2016, added 10/11/2016

[2/13/2019] Sho Nakata strains leg during practice game

Sho Nakata hurt his right leg during a practice game against the NC Dinos (KBO) on February 11. He was examined at a hospital on the same day and diagnosed with a strain in his right adductor. It might be about three weeks until he is ready to play in games again.

Source: Sponichi 2/13/2019, Nikkan Sports 2/13/2019, Daily Sports 1/13/2019, Tokyo Sports 1/13/2019


[11/13/2018] Sho Nakata to hold onto FA option and stay with the Nippon Ham Fighters

Twenty-nine-year-old Sho Nakata held a press conference at a hotel in Sapporo today and announced that he decided not to exercise the international free agent option he earned this year. According to a report by Sponichi, Nakata agreed to a three-year contract that could be worth as much as one billion yen. His salary next year will be an estimated 280 million yen (up from 200 million yen).

Source: Daily Sports 11/13/2018, Sponichi 11/13/2018, Sponichi 11/13/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/13/2018


[8/24/2018] Sho Nakata blasts 200th home run

Sho Nakata blasted the 200th home run of his career during a game against the Rakuten Eagles at Sapporo Dome on August 24. He is the 103rd player in NPB history and the first Heisei player (players born on or after January 8, 1989) to reach the milestone. He joined Isao Harimoto, Koichi Tabuchi, and Michihiro Ogasawara as the only Japanese players in NPB to reach 200 home runs without any sac hits.

Home run 200 came in the fifth inning off Hiroki Kondo.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/24/2018, Nikkan Sports 8/25/2018, Sponichi 8/24/2018



[8/6/2018] Sho Nakata earns international FA option

Twenty-nine-year-old Sho Nakata earned his international free agent option on August 6 with nine years of service time on the active roster.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/6/2018, Daily Sports 8/6/2018


[5/9/2018] Sho Nakata bangs out three hits to reach 1000 hits

Sho Nakata started May 9 with 997 career hits. He went 3-for-5 against the Orix Buffaloes at Kyocera Dome Osaka and became the 291st player in NPB history to reach 1,000 hits (4421st career plate appearance).

The milestone hit came in the sixth inning off Orix’s Keisuke Kobayashi.


[3/16/2018] Sho Nakata gets injection for back pain

Sho Nakata tweaked his lower back during an exhibition game on March 13. He did not play on March 14 and was examined at a hospital and given a shot to deal with the pain.

Source: Sanspo 3/16/2018


[2/6/2018] Sho Nakata cuts short game of catch with shoulder discomfort

Sho Nakata felt some discomfort while playing catch on February 5 (local time) and was later examined at a hospital. The Nippon Ham Fighters do not think Nakata’s condition is serious. They believe he will be fine if they shut him down from throwing for a few days.

Source: Daily Sports 2/6/2018, Sanspo 2/6/2018, Sports Hochi 2/6/2018

[UPDATE 2/7 @ 4:10pm]

Nakata was examined at a hospital in Arizona on February 5 and 6 (local time) and diagnosed with inflammation in his right shoulder. He will be shut down from throwing at least until the start of the third block of camp on February 10.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/7/2018, Daily Sports 2/7/2018, Sports Hochi 2/7/2018, Sponichi 2/7/2018

[UPDATE 2/9 @ 2:38pm]

Nakata ended practices early on January 8 to get an injection to help him deal with the pain.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/9/2018


[11/14/2017] Sho Nakata decides to stay with the Fighters

Sho Nakata held a press conference at the Nippon Ham Fighters’ offices on November 14 and announced that he decided not to exercise his free agent option. He told the press that he was able to make the decision after talking it over with his family. He also told the press that he found it difficult to leave after having such a disappointing season.

According to media reports, Nakata agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated  200 million yen plus incentives (down eighty million yen from this year).

Source: Nippon Ham 11/14/2017, Sponichi 11/14/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/14/2017, Daily Sports 11/14/2017

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[10/10/2017] Sho Nakata open to exercising FA option

Twenty-eight-year-old Sho Nakata is still not sure what he is going to do with his free agent option, but did tell the media on October 9 that it would be nice to “listen to different kinds of things.”

Nakata has been linked to the Hanshin Tigers, but they could lose interest fairly quickly depending on whom they manage to draft and whether or not they have strong leads on players overseas. It could be a fairly big gamble for Nakata to become a free agent this year, when one more season with the Fighters will allow him to obtain an international option. But staying with the Fighters will also most likely mean having to take a pay cut.

Source: Sponichi 10/10/2017, Sanspo 10/10/2017

[UPDATE 11/5 @ 12:14pm]

Nakata has met with the Fighters a number of times since the end of the regular season. There is a chance he will stay without exercising his option. Part of it might have something to do with the season he had, as well as the team’s overall performance this year.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/5/2017

[UPDATE 11/14 @ 12:39am]

Nakata is planning to tell the Fighters what he is planning to do with his free agent option when he sits down to talk to them on November 14.

Source: Sanspo 11/13/2017

[UPDATE 11/14 @ 3:30pm]

The Fighters may have offered Nakata an estimated salary of 200 million yen in 2018 (down about 80 million yen from this year).

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/14/2017


[9/10/2017] Sho Nakata sits out Sunday’s game

Sho Nakata was hit by a pitch on his left hand during a game against Rakuten on September 7. He was able to play on September 8 and 9, but sat out Sunday’s (September 10) game against Seibu at MetLife Dome because he still had some lingering pain. He was in the dugout for the game.

The Nippon Ham Fighters decided to give Nakata some extra rest because he suffered a fissure fracture under similar circumstances on the same hand in 2013.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/10/2017, Sanspo 9/10/2017