Twenty-seven-year-old Hideto Asamura earned his domestic free agent option on May 31 with eight years of service time on the active roster.0 Comments
Hideto Asamura fouled a pitch off the top of his left foot during an at bat in the eighth inning against the Chiba Lotte Marines at ZOZO Marine on April 10. He finished out the at bat (ground out to first), but was removed on defense in the bottom of the inning. He is considered day-to-day.0 Comments
Asamura was offered a multi-year deal after the 2017 season, but turned it down for a one-year contract. He told reporters during a press conference on December 5 that he went with a one-year contract because he wanted to keep himself on his toes.
Source: Daily Sports 12/5/2017
September 28 vs Softbank at YafuOku Dome – Asamura recorded the 1,000th hit of his career off Hayato Terahara in the seventh inning.
Source: Nikkan Sports 9/28/2017
May 6 vs Rakuten at Rakuten Seimei – Asamura played in his 1,000th career game and became the 491st player in NPB history to reach the milestone.
August 28 vs Rakuten – Asamura drove in three and pushed his RBI season total to 102. He became the fifth player in Lions history to record 100 or more RBI in a season at least twice during their career. The other four: Terry Whitfield (1981, 1983), Koji Akiyama (1986, 1988), Alex Cabrera (2001-2003, 2006), and Takeya Nakamura (2008-2009, 2011, 2015).
Asamura also became just the seventh second basemen (accomplished nine times) in NPB history, third second baseman (accomplished four times) in Pacific League history.
Source: Nikkan Sports 8/29/20180 Comments
The Seibu Lions announced two uniform number changes today.
Source: Seibu announcement0 Comments
The Seibu Lions are thinking about assigning Hideto Asamura the uniform number 3. The number has been worn by Hiroshi Oshita, Masahiro Doi, Kazuhiro Kiyohara, and Hiroyuki Nakajima in the past and is usually assigned to the team’s top hitter. The Lions have been thinking about giving the number to Asamura after he led the league in RBI in 2013.
Source: Sponichi 10/3/20160 Comments
Yasuhiro Ogawa, Yakult (First Time)
5 G, 4-0, 39.0 IP, 2.08 ERA, 28 SO, 9 ER, 3 CG
Ogawa started five games in August and recorded four wins (tied for most in the Central League). He led the league in innings pitched and recorded three complete game victories, including one shutout. He was instrumental in the team’s 15-9 record in August. He is the first Yakult player to win an MVP of the Month since Tetsuto Yamada in June 2016 and first Yakult pitcher since Masanori Ishikawa in September 2015.
Ryosuke Kikuchi, Hiroshima (Second Time)
25 G, .358 AVG, 38 H, 3 HR, 9 RBI
Kikuchi was the mainstay at second base and batted second in every game in August. He led the league in hits and recorded a number of big hits, including a game-tying home run in the ninth inning against the Yomiuri Giants on August 7. He won his first MVP of the Month in June 2014. He is the first Hiroshima player to win an MVP of the Month since Yusuke Nomura in June 2016 and the first hitter since Rainel Rosario in September 2014.
Yuki Matsui, Rakuten (First Time)
11 G, 0-0, 9 Sv, 13.0 IP, 0.69 ERA, 0 CG, 0 ShO, 17 SO, 1 ER
Matsui appeared in eleven games in August and led the league with nine saves. His eleven strikeouts were most for a reliever. He recorded holds on August 12 against Nippon Ham and August 21 against Orix. The Eagles were 10-0-1 in the eleven games he appeared in. At twenty years and ten months, he is the youngest left-handed pitcher to win an MVP of the Month award in the Pacific League. Yoshihisa Naruse was previously the youngest when he won the award at twenty-one years and nine months in July 2007.
Hideto Asamura, Seibu (Third Time)
24 G, .384 AVG, 34 H, 4 HR, 26 RBI, 1 SB
Asamura played in all twenty-four of his team’s games in August. He led the league in hits, doubles (14), total bases (64), RBI, and batting average with runners in scoring position (.500). His batting average was good for second and his slugging percentage (.646) was good for third. He recorded multiple hits in thirteen games and went hitless in only three. He has won the MVP of the Month Award two other times: October 2011 and July 2013. This is the seventieth time a Lion has won the award, most in the Pacific League (Nippon Ham and Orix are in second with sixty-nine).0 Comments
Hideto Asamura hurt his left ankle while playing defense in the ninth inning of a game against the Chiba Lotte Marines at Seibu Prince Dome earlier today. He suffered the injury when he tried to cover first base. He will be examined at a hospital in Tokyo on June 27.
[UPDATE 6/27 @ 11:49pm]
Asamura was examined at a hospital in Tokyo before today’s game. Some inflammation was found, but no bone injuries.
Source: Sponichi 6/27/20160 Comments