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Okada, Takahiro T-岡田 (てぃーおかだ)
Orix Buffaloes | #55 | OF
Born: 02/08/1988 (age 31)
Height: 187cm
Weight: 100kg
Bats: L
Throws: L
Blood Type: B
Hometown: Osaka
Draft: 2005, High School 1st Round
History: 履正社高
Roster Changes: removed 04/03/2016, added 04/28/2016
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[6/30/2018] T-Okada taken off active roster

T-Okada hurt the area near his right side while running the bases in the seventh inning of a game against Nippon Ham on June 29. He was examined at a hospital in Sapporo and diagnosed with a strain to his right abdominis muscle. He was taken off the active roster on June 30.

Source: Sports Hochi 6/30/2018, Daily Sports 6/30/2018, Nikkan Sports 6/30/2018, Sponichi 6/30/2018

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[3/7/2018] T-Okada takes pitch off head during Kyoiku League game

T-Okada took a pitch off his head during the first inning of a Kyoiku League game against Softbank earlier today. He was taken to a hospital in Osaka for tests and was diagnosed with a bruise on his head. He is considered day-to-day.

T-Okada was sent down to Ni-gun because of tightness in his right side in February. He just recently played in his first rehab game on March 4.

Source: Sponichi 3/7/2018, Sanspo 3/7/2018, Nikkan Sports 3/7/2018

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[2/9/2018] T-Okada reassigned to Ni-gun camp with tightness in right side

Takahiro Okada had been taking things slow since he developed some tightness in his right side on February 6. The Orix Buffaloes decided to reassign Okada to Ni-gun camp on February 8 because his condition was not improving as quickly as they had hoped.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/9/2018, Sponichi 2/9/2018, Daily Sports 2/9/2018

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[8/2/2017] Takahiro Okada earns domestic FA option

Twenty-nine-year-old Takahiro Okada earned his domestic free agent option today with eight years of service time on the active roster. He is currently in the first year of a three-year contract with the Orix Buffaloes.

Source: Daily Sports 8/2/2017

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[7/28/2017] Takahiro Okada leaves game with shoulder discomfort

Takahiro Okada felt discomfort in his right shoulder during his at bat in the fifth inning of tonight’s game against the Rakuten Eagles at Hotto Motto Field Kobe and was replaced on defense in the sixth as a precaution. The Orix Buffaloes announced that they were going to treat him with ice as they monitor his condition.

Source: Daily Sports 7/28/2017

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[5/29/2017] Takahiro Okada gets treatment for right shin

Takahiro Okada fouled a pitch off his right shin during a game against Lotte at ZOZO Marine on May 26. There was some bleeding and he developed some swelling on May 28. He received treatment for the leg today and is considered day-to-day.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/29/2017

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[5/9/2017] Nihon Seimei MVP of the Month Awards for March/April

Central League

Pitching

Randy Messenger, Hanshin (Second Time)
5 G, 4-0, 32.1 IP, 1.95 ERA, 37 SO, 7 ER

Messenger picked up his second MVP of the Month Award of his career. He led the league in wins (four) and strikeouts (thirty-seven). He recorded two victories against the Hiroshima Carp and helped keep his team within striking distance of first place. Yomiuri’s Tomoyuki Sugano was also under consideration, but Messenger got the nod because of his four wins and rock-steady performances. He is the first Hanshin player to win the award since Yuta Iwasada in September 2016. He joins Randy Bass (April 1985, June 1986) and Jason Standridge (June 2011, July 2011) as the only foreign pitchers in franchise history to win the award twice (he also won the award in July 2013).

Hitting

Yohei Oshima, Chunichi (First Time)
26 G, .372 AVG, 42 H, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 5 SB

Oshima got the nod for MVP of the Month for the first time in his career. He played in every game in March/April and led the league in hitting (.372) and hits (forty-two). He recorded forty-one hits in April and became the first player to collect at least forty hits in a month since Soichiro Tateoka connected for forty in August 2015. He also recorded four hits in one game four times. On April 30, he became the 286th player in NPB history to reach the 1,000 hit milestone. Oshima is the first Dragon to win the award since Dayan Viciedo in March/April 2016.

Pacific League

Pitching

Chihiro Kaneko, Orix (Seventh Time)
5 G, 4-0, 37.0 IP, 1.70 ERA, 2 CG, 1 ShO, 23 SO, 7 ER

Kaneko pitched in five games during March/April and recorded a league-leading two complete games. His four wins and thirty-seven innings were tied for most in the league and his 1.70 ERA was second best. He got off to a slow start by giving up four runs over five innings to Rakuten on opening day, but limited Nippon Ham to two runs over six innings on April 7 and recorded his first win of the season. He tossed a two-hit shutout against Softbank on April 14 and picked up his third win of the season by keeping Nippon Ham to one run over eight innings. He tossed his second complete game of the year on April 26 against Seibu for his fourth win. This is the seventh time he won the award, first since September 2014.

Hitting

Takahiro Okada, Orix (Second Time)
23 G, .351 AVG, 27 H, 7 HR, 15 RBI

Okada played in all twenty-three games in March/April. He led the league in slugging (.675) and was tied for first in home runs (seven) and total bases (fifty-two). His on base percentage (.485) was good for second, runs scored (eighteen) good for third, and batting average (.351) good for fifth. He safely reached base in seventeen consecutive games, between April 8 and 30, and failed to reach base in only two games. He recorded three hits and three RBI in each game on April 20 against Nippon Ham and April 25 against Seibu. This is the second time he won the award, first since July 2010.

Orix players have now won the award seventy-one times, most in league history. Seibu and Nippon Ham each have seventy. Orix pitchers and hitters have now won the award during the same month ten times, also most in league history.

Source: NPB 5/9/2017

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[2/18/2017] T-Okada misses practice game with back tightness

T-Okada missed today’s practice game against Hiroshima because of back tightness.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/18/2017

[UPDATE 2/22 @ 12:25am]

T-Okada worked out on his day off on February 20. He did some running and took some batting practice indoors. He told reporters he was fine and was going to play in the intra-squad game on February 21.

Source: Sponichi 2/21/2017

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[12/8/2016] T-Okada signs three-year deal with Orix

T-Okada sat down with the Orix Buffaloes for salary negotiations today. He agreed to a three-year contract that will be worth an estimated 100 million yen plus incentives in 2017. He is currently slated to earn his domestic free agent option some time next season.

Source: Daily Sports 12/8/2016, Nikkan Sports 12/8/2016

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[11/23/2016] Orix Buffaloes could offer T-Okada multi-year deal

Takahiro Okada is slated to earn his domestic free agent option some time next season. The Orix Buffaloes could be getting ready to offer the twenty-eight-year-old a multi-year contract, up to three years. They will most definitely offer him a raise on the sixty-four million yen he made this season. The Buffaloes see T-Okada as the face of their team.

T-Okada was named Osaka Tourism Ambassador in June. He was also recently named the next Buffaloes’ player chairman.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/23/2016

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