Wakui, Hideaki 涌井 秀章 (わくい・ひであき)
Chiba Lotte Marines | #16 | P
Born: 06/20/1986 (age 31)
Height: 185cm
Weight: 85kg
Bats: R
Throws: R
Blood Type: A
Hometown: Chiba
Draft: 2004, 1st Round
History: 横浜高(甲)-西武
Roster Changes: removed 09/26/2016, added 10/07/2016

[10/11/2017] Chiba Lotte Marines would like Wakui to return in 2018

Thirty-one-year-old Hideaki Wakui earned his international free agent option this year. The Chiba Lotte Marines would like Wakui to return next year. However, they know he is also interested in playing in the Majors. They are planning to sit down with him to discuss his plans.

According to Nikkan Sports, Wakui is planning to consider all his available options. That includes the Majors, Lotte, or another NPB team. Sports Hochi is reporting that Wakui has plans to visit the United States and watch the World Series.

Source: Sponichi 10/11/2017, Nikkan Sports 10/11/2017, Daily Sports 10/11/2017, Sports Hochi 10/11/2017

[UPDATE 10/12 @ 11:58am]

The Marines want Wakui to return in 2018. To that end, they are prepared to do the following:

Source: Sports Hochi 10/12/2017


[9/24/2017] Hideaki Wakui leaves start after five innings

Hideaki Wakui left his start against the Nippon Ham Fighters at ZOZO Marine Stadium after he gave up a single to the first batter he faced in the sixth inning. He first seemed to have problems with his left thumb. He left the field for treatment and returned. But after he finished throwing some warm-up pitches, he appeared to have an issue with his right leg. That was when he was pulled from the game.

Wakui had a perfect game through the first four innings. He gave up a lead-off single in the fifth before retiring the side in order. He left the game after he faced seventeen batters and threw seventy pitches.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/24/2017

[UPDATE 9/25 @ 1:32am]

Wakui first left the field to get treatment for a cramp near the base of his left thumb. After he returned and threw some warm-up pitches, he developed a cramp in his left calf.

Source: Sanspo 9/24/2017


Hideaki Wakui: Did You Know


September 24, 2017 vs Nippon Ham at ZOZO Marine Stadium – Wakui became the 1,500th player in NPB history to reach the 1,500 strikeout milestone when he struck out Go Matsumoto in the fourth inning.

Source: Daily Sports 9/24/2017


[9/4/2017] Hideaki Wakui earns international FA option

Hideaki Wakui re-earned his free agent option today. He earned and exercised his initial domestic option after the 2013 season. He re-earned the option (which now also includes international rights) with four years of service time on the active roster.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/4/2017, Daily Sports 9/4/2017, Nikkan Sports 9/4/2017

[UPDATE 9/5 @ 3:05pm]

It is uncertain if Wakui signed a one- or multi-year deal before the start of the season. Regardless, he likely has the ability to opt out and exercise his option if he so chooses. The Marines would like him to return next year and are okay with him exercising his option and then ultimately staying, something they normally do not do.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/5/2017

[UPDATE 9/6 @ 1:37am]

Wakui has mentioned interest in the Majors and could head overseas after the season. However, if he decides to stay, a number of teams could be interested, like Chunichi, Yokohama, and Hanshin.

Source: Tokyo Sports 9/5/2017

[UPDATE 9/10 @ 10:52pm]

Scouts from at least four MLB teams (Giants, Mariners, Phillies, and Cardinals) were at Wakui’s last start on September 9.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/10/2017, Sponichi 9/10/2017


[7/28/2017] Hideaki Wakui leaves start with leg cramp

Hideaki Wakui left tonight’s game against the Seibu Lions at ZOZO Marine after throwing just one pitch in the seventh inning. He grimaced as his right leg came around after releasing the ball. He was later seen touching the area above his right knee. He left the field for treatment and did not return.

Tsutomu Ito later told reporters Wakui started feeling some tightness (cramping) in his legs around the sixth inning and that he reached his limit when he took the mound in the seventh.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/28/2017, Sponichi 7/28/2017, Nikkan Sports 7/28/2017


[5/14/2017] Nippon Ham, Lotte, Wakui, and Laird

The Nippon Ham Fighters hit seven home runs against the Chiba Lotte Marines on May 12. They tied a franchise record set on May 31, 1950 (as Tokyu, nine-inning game) and May 3, 1971 (as Toei, ten-inning game: two in nine innings, five in the tenth inning). The feat was accomplished all three times against the Lotte franchise. The NPB record for most home runs in a game is nine, set by Shochiku (1951), Hanshin (1976), Hankyu (1980), and Lotte (1980). Prior to the Fighters, the last team to hit seven or more home runs in one game was the Yomiuri Giants with eight against the Hiroshima Carp on June 29, 2010.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/13/2017, Sponichi 5/13/2017, Sanspo 5/13/2017

Lotte’s Hideaki Wakui gave up six of the seven home runs on May 12 and set a new Pacific League record. Thirteen pitchers, including Softbank’s Kenji Otonari on May 13, 2009, held the previous record of five. The NPB record of nine was set by Tokuji Kawasaki on April 26, 1949. The Central League record of seven was set by Zenjiro Tadokoro on June 1, 1958.

Source: Sponichi 5/13/2017, Nikkan Sports 5/13/2017

Nippon Ham’s Brandon Laird hit home runs in two consecutive trips to the plate on May 12. He followed that with two walks to finish the day and then hit home runs in his first two at bat on May 13. He tied the NPB record with home runs in four consecutive at bats. He is the twentieth player to accomplish the feat, first in the NPB since Tetsuto Yamada in 2015 (Central League) and first in the Pacific League since Nigel Wilson in 1997.

Twenty players that have hit home runs in four consecutive at bats:

Source: Tokyo Sports 5/13/2017, Sponichi 5/13/2017, Nikkan Sports 5/13/2017, Daily Sports 5/13/2017


[3/16/2017] Hideaki Wakui okay after getting hit in the head

Hideaki Wakui was hit in the head by a batted ball while working out in the outfield during pre-game practices at Jingu Stadium on March 15. He was able to participate in practices at Zozo Marine today. He appeared to be okay and is still slated to start an exhibition game against Yomiuri on March 18.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/16/2017


[1/24/2017] Lotte to sign Hideaki Wakui to multi-year extension

According to Nikkan Sports, the Chiba Lotte Marines and thirty-year-old Hideaki Wakui have reached an agreement on a multi-year contract extension. He is expected to meet Lotte on January 25 to finalize negotiations and sign a formal agreement.

Wakui finished off a three-year contract last year. He is slated to earn an international free agent option some time this season.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/24/2017

[UPDATE 1/25 @ 8:53pm]

Wakui met with Lotte officials at Zozo Marine earlier today for salary negotiations. His salary this year will be an estimated 250 million yen, up thirty million from last year. There was no mention of contract length.

Source: Daily Sports 1/25/2017

[UPDATE 1/26 @ 4:05pm]

Wakui may have either signed a one-year deal or a multi-year deal. Three years is a possibility, with some sort of an opt-out clause if he wants to exercise the international free agent option he is scheduled to earn this season.

Source: Sponichi 1/26/2017, Daily Sports 1/26/2017, Nikkan Sports 1/26/2017, Sports Hochi 1/26/2017

[UPDATE 1/27 @ 11:13pm]

Wakui apparently did not talk about the MLB during contract negotiations with Lotte. He also apparently asked for a multi-year contract. He may have agreed to a two-year contract with a player option for a third year.

Source: ZakZak 1/27/2017


[11/5/2016] Lotte might offer Wakui a three-year contract

Hideaki Wakui is set to re-earn his free agent option (domestic and international) some time next season. He finished a three-year contract with the Chiba Lotte Marines this season. Lotte might offer him a new three-year deal worth a total of about 750 million yen. He made an estimated 2.2 million yen this year.

Wakui is rumored to be interested in the Majors. If he is, he might instead opt for a one-year deal.

Source: Daily Sports 11/5/2016, Sanspo 11/5/2016


[11/2/2016] Hideaki Wakui gets married

The Chiba Lotte Marines announced today that that Hideaki Wakui (30) filed marriage papers with thirty-six-year-old model Moe Oshikiri on November 1. Wakui proposed to Oshikiri earlier this year in September during their one-year anniversary as a couple.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/2/2016, Sponichi 11/2/2016, Jiji 11/2/2016

[UPDATE 11/3 @ 11:22am]

Sanspo wonders if Wakui’s next step is the Majors. He just finished off the final year of a three-year deal. He might ask to be posted, or he could sign a one-year deal, earn his international FA option next year, and head to the US as a free agent.

Source: Sanspo 11/3/2016

[UPDATE 12/9 @ 5:57pm]

Wakui and his wife held a wedding ceremony at the Plumeria Garden Chapel in Hawaii on December 7 (Japan time November 8).

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/9/2016