Randy Messenger, Hanshin (Third Time)
5 G, 4-1, 29.2 IP, 1.82 ERA, 28 SO, 6 ER
Messenger picked up his third MVP of the Month award, first since March/April of last year. He led the league with four wins. He became the first foreign pitcher to get the opening day start four years in a row. He is the first foreign Hanshin player to win three MVP of the Month awards. The previous record of two was held by Randy Bass (April 1985, June 1986) and Jason Standridge (June 2011, July 2011).
Hayato Sakamoto, Yomiuri (First Time)
25 G, .369 AVG, 38 H, 2 HR, 20 RBI, 2 SB
Sakamoto notched the first MVP of the Month award of his career. He led the league in batting average (.369) and hits (38). He went 4-for-4 against Yakult at Tokyo Dome on April 30, notched eleven multi-hit games, and recorded twenty RBI (good for a third place tie) in March/April. He is the first Yomiuri hitter to win an MVP of the Month award since Shuichi Murata in August 2013. He is the first shortstop in franchise history to win an MVP of the Month award.
Shinsaburo Tawata, Seibu (First Time)
5 G, 5-0, 35.0 IP, 2.06 ERA, 1 CG, 22 SO, 8 ER
Tawata pitched in five games and recorded five victories. His 2.06 ERA was good for a third place tie. He tossed six shutout innings against Nippon Ham on March 31, allowed one run over seven innings against Orix on April 7, gave up one run in a complete game victory against Rakuten on April 14, three runs in six innings against Lotte on April 21, and two runs over seven innings against Rakuten on April 29.
Hotaka Yamakawa, Seibu (Third Time)
24 G, .337 AVG, 28 H, 11 HR, 33 RBI
Yamakawa started in all twenty-four of his team’s games in March/April. he led the league in home runs (11), RBI (33), total bases (69), slugging percentage (.831), batting average with runners in scoring position (.560), and walks (22). He recorded at least one RBI in four games and homered in three consecutive games between April 21 and 25 (including a grand slam and three-run home run on April 25). He also hit home runs in two consecutive games on April 28 and 29.
Source: NPB 5/9/20180 Comments
May 5 vs Rakuten at Rakuten Seimei – Tawata picked up another win and improved to 6-0 in six starts so far this year. He joined Tokuji Kawasaki (1953) and Takayuki Kishi (2009) as the only players in Lions’ franchise history to win their first six starts of a season. The NPB record of eleven wins in eleven starts was set by Choji Murata in 1985.
May 19 vs Orix at Hotto Motto Kobe – Tawata recorded his seventh victory of the season. He is the first pitcher to win seven games within the first thirty-eight games of the regular season since Yuki Nishi in 2014 and just the eighth pitcher to accomplish the feat since 1990. He is the first Seibu pitcher since Masaaki Ikenaga won seven in twenty-five and nine in thirty-eight in 1968.
Source: Nikkan Sports 5/20/2018
January 28 – Tawata dropped about four kilograms during the winter.
Source: Sponichi 1/28/2019
Tawata (24) filed marriage papers in Tokyo with a twenty-five-year-old woman from Hokkaido earlier this year after the end of the regular season in October.
Tawata’s gave birth to the couple’s first child, boy weighing 2,848 grams, on August 28.
Source: Nikkan Sports 8/30/20180 Comments
Shinsaburo Tawata was taken off the active roster on April 29 because of tightness in his right shoulder. The condition is not considered serious, but he and might not be ready to return to the active roster until some time around the start of Inter-league play.
[UPDATE 5/20 @ 4:41pm]
Tawata threw about forty pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen on May 19. It was his first session since his injury. He threw at about sixty percent.
Source: Sports Hochi 5/20/2017
[UPDATE 6/2 @ 11:41am]
Tawata could make his first rehab appearance during a three-game series against Ni-gun Yomiuri that begins on June 6.
Source: Sports Hochi 6/2/2017
[UPDATE 6/21 @ 12:23pm]
Pitching coach Yoshihiro Doi told reporters on June 20 that there were no problems with Tawata’s shoulder. He could return to the active roster in time for a Lotte game at Naha on June 28.
He has pitched in two rehab games at Ni-gun:
Source: Sponichi 6/20/20170 Comments
Shinsaburo Tawata made his Ichi-gun debut on May 14 with a start against Nippon Ham at Sapporo Dome. He walked in three runners in a row in the second inning and became just the second rookie in NPB history to walk in three in a row in their debut game. The other rookie was Hiroshi Onodera on June 18, 1940. Two other rookies have also walked in three in a row (not in their debut games): Kazuyoshi Matsuura on December 6, 1936 and Takayasu Kato on August 16, 1994.
The NPB record of four was set by Takeo Mizobe on April 20, 1947. Since 1950 (start of the two leagues), fifteen other pitchers (eight Central League and seven Pacific League) have walked in three runners in a row. The last pitcher prior to Tawata was Yuya Kubo on August 14, 2014. Only one other pitcher in Seibu franchise history has walked in three runners in a row: Katsuhiro Maeda on July 18, 1995.0 Comments
Shinsaburo Tawata started a Ni-gun game against Yokohama on May 6 and allowed a run on five hits and a walk over seven innings of work. He faced twenty-seven hitters, threw 105 pitches, struck out nine, and topped out at 148km/h.
Source: Sponichi 5/7/20160 Comments
Shinsaburo Tawata (right shoulder) pitched in a rehab game at Ni-gun today. He pitched three shutout innings against Yakult and gave up two hits and two walks. He threw fifty-seven pitches, struck out three, and topped out at 145km/h. This was his first game since May 23, 2015.0 Comments
Shinsaburo Tawata (right shoulder) is set to pitch in his first rehab game at Ni-gun on April 9. He is scheduled to start and pitch three innings against Yakult at Seibu 2 Stadium.
Tawata has not pitched in a game since he hurt his right shoulder in May 2015.
Source: Sanspo 4/8/20160 Comments
Shinsaburo Tawata is working his way back from a right shoulder injury he suffered in May 2015. He tossed batting practice at Seibu 2 Stadium on March 31. He threw forty-five pitches to Hotaka Yamakawa and Nien Ting Wu at about sixty percent. It was the first time he faced live hitters in about a year.0 Comments