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Kuriyama, Takumi 栗山 巧 (くりやま・たくみ)
Seibu Lions | #1 | OF
Born: 09/02/1983 (age 36)
Height: 177cm
Weight: 85kg
Bats: L
Throws: R
Blood Type: O
Hometown: Hyogo
Draft: 2001, 4th Round
History: 育英高(甲)
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Takumi Kuriyama: Did You Know

2018

April 30 vs Rakuten at MetLife Dome – Kuriyama hit a double off Takahide Ikeda in the fourth inning and set a new Lions’ franchise record with his 309th career double. The previous record of 308 was held by Hiromichi Ishige

Source: Sanspo 4/30/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/30/2018

June 7 vs Yokohama at Yokohama Stadium – Kuriyama played in his 300th career Inter-league game. He joined Takashi Toritani and Takahiro Arai as the only players in NPB history to play in 300 Inter-league games.

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

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[11/29/2017] 2017 Sky Perfect Dramatic Sayonara of the Year Award

The NPB announced that Yokohama’s Toshiro Miyazaki and Seibu’s Takumi Kuriyama were winners of the 2017 Sky Perfect Dramatic Sayonara of the Year Award.

Central League

Toshiro Miyazaki, Yokohama

August 22 vs Hiroshima at Yokohama Stadium. Bottom of the 9th, none on, and no out. Miyazaki recorded a walk-off home run to left-center.

The Bay Stars scored first, but then allowed five unanswered runs to score through the next six innings. Hiroki Minei hit a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth. The fireworks started early in the ninth: after the lead-off batter reached on a single, Yoshitomo Tsutsugo hit a two-run home run, followed by a solo home run by Jose Lopez to tie the game at five. Miyazaki capped off the explosive ninth with a walk-off home run to left-center. For Miyazaki, it was the first walk-off hit of hi career. The three consecutive home runs to end the game was a first in NPB history.

Pacific League

Takumi Kuriyama, Seibu

August 17 vs Rakuten at MetLife Dome. Bottom of the ninth, runners on first and second, and two out. Kuriyama entered the game as a pinch-hitter and hit a walk-off home run.

Seibu’s Yusei Kikuchi and Rakuten’s Tomohiro Anraku and were locked in a pitcher’s duel. Kikuchi held the Rakuten offense to two hits over nine innings. Anraku tossed seven shutout innings before he was relieved in the eighth. Yuhei Takanashi kept Seibu off the board in the eighth. Frank Herrmann took the mound in the ninth for Rakuten and retired the first two batters he faced. He then put runners on first and second with a double and a hit by a pitch. Kuriyama stepped up to the plate in place of Fumikazu Kimura and hit a walk-off three-run home run. The walk-off homer was the seventh of Kuriyama’s career and the first as a pinch-hitter.

Source: NPB 11/29/2017

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[9/8/2017] Sky Perfect Sayonara Award for August

Central League

Toshiro Miyazaki, Yokohama (First Time)

August 22 vs Hiroshima at Yokohama Stadium. Bottom of the 9th, none on, and no out. Miyazaki recorded a walk-off home run to left-center.

The Bay Stars scored first, but then allowed five unanswered runs to score through the next six innings. Hiroki Minei hit a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth. The fireworks started early in the ninth: after the lead-off batter reached on a single, Yoshitomo Tsutsugo hit a two-run home run, followed by a solo home run by Jose Lopez to tie the game at five. Miyazaki capped off the explosive ninth with a walk-off home run to left-center. For Miyazaki, it was the first walk-off hit of hi career. The three consecutive home runs to end the game was a first in NPB history.

Pacific League

Takumi Kuriyama, Seibu (First Time)

August 17 vs Rakuten at MetLife Dome. Bottom of the ninth, runners on first and second, and two out. Kuriyama entered the game as a pinch-hitter and hit a walk-off home run.

Seibu’s Yusei Kikuchi and Rakuten’s Tomohiro Anraku and were locked in a pitcher’s duel. Kikuchi held the Rakuten offense to two hits over nine innings. Anraku tossed seven shutout innings before he was relieved in the eighth. Yuhei Takanashi kept Seibu off the board in the eighth. Frank Herrmann took the mound in the ninth for Rakuten and retired the first two batters he faced. He then put runners on first and second with a double and a hit by a pitch. Kuriyama stepped up to the plate in place of Fumikazu Kimura and hit a walk-off three-run home run. The walk-off homer was the seventh of Kuriyama’s career and the first as a pinch-hitter.

Source: NPB 9/8/2017

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[4/15/2017] Takumi Kuriyama has some inflammation in right calf

Takumi Kuriyama was at a hospital in Tokyo during pre-game practices today. He was diagnosed with mild inflammation in his right calf. He developed tightness in the calf during yesterday’s game. The Seibu Lions will re-evaluate his condition after a day or two.

Source: Sanspo 4/15/2017, Sponichi 4/15/2017, Nikkan Sports 4/15/2017

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[3/14/2017] Takumi Kuriyama suffers minor back injury rear-ender collision

The Seibu Lions announced on March 14 that Takumi Kuriyama was involved in a car accident on the morning of the same day. The thirty-three-year-old was on his way to MetLife Dome for an exhibition game against Chunichi and was waiting at a stop light when he was hit from behind. He was taken to a hospital for tests and diagnosed with a minor injury to his back (cervical sprain). He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Daily Sports 3/14/2017, Sponichi 3/14/2017, Nikkan Sports 3/14/2017, Sasnpo 3/14/2017

[UPDATE 3/15 @ 6:43pm]

Kuriyama participated in pre-game practices today. He was able to take batting practice and fielding practice.

Source: Sponichi 3/15/2017

[UPDATE 3/19 @ 10:21pm]

Kuriyama was able to play in an exhibition game against Softbank on March 18. He started at designated hitter and batted seventh. He went 0-for-0 with two walks and an RBI (sac fly).

Source: Sponichi 3/19/2017

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[2016 Free Agency] Takumi Kuriyama Rumors

Date Team Update
12/2/2016
@ 21:35
Seibu Kuriyama met the Lions at Seibu Prince Dome today for salary negotiations. He agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 190 million yen plus incentives. Source: Tokyo Sports 12/2/2016, Daily Sports 12/2/2016
11/10/2016
@ 16:51
Seibu The Seibu Lions announced that Kuriyama exercised his free agent option. They also announced that he also decided to stay. Kuriyama comment: “My desire to play for the Seibu Lions led me to exercise my free agent option and stay.” Source: Seibu announcement

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[10/31/2016] Takumi Kuriyama wants to play out his career with the Lions

The media learned on October 30 that thirty-three-year-old Takumi Kuriyama is expected to exercise his international free agent option and stay with the Seibu Lions. He likes the Lions and is interested in ending his career with the team. He has already informed the Lions of his intentions.

Source: Daily Sports 10/31/2016

Kuriyama is expected to sign a one-year deal.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/31/2016

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[6/10/2016] Takumi Kuriyama left out of starting line-up

Takumi Kuriyama was left out of the starting line-up against the Chunichi Dragons at Seibu Prince Dome on June 10 because his left arm was still swollen after an HBP during a Yomiuri Giants’ game on June 9.

Source: Sponichi 6/10/2016

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[6/9/2016] Takumi Kuriyama’s night cut short with HBP

Takumi Kuriyama left tonight’s game against the Yomiuri Giants at Seibu Prince Dome after he to an HBP off the area near his left wrist during his at bat in the seventh inning. He was removed from the game and replaced by a pinch-runner.

Source: Sponichi 6/9/2016

[UPDATE 6/10 @ 8:32am]

Kuriyama was examined at a hospital in Tokorozawa and diagnosed with a bruise on his left arm.

Source: Sponichi 6/9/2016

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[4/4/2016] Takumi Akiyama leaves game with cramp

Takumi Akiyama was removed from a Rakuten game on March 3 after he developed a cramp in his left hamstring while running the bases in the eighth inning.

Source: Sanspo 4/4/2016

[UPDATE 4/6 @ 2:30pm]

Akiyama did not play in the Nippon Ham game on April 5 because of tightness in his left hamstring.

Source: Sanspo 4/6/2016

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