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Wheeler, Zelous ウィーラー (うぃーらー)
Rakuten Eagles | #40 | INF
Born: 01/15/1987 (age 31)
Height: 178cm
Weight: 100kg
Bats: R
Throws: R
Blood Type: N/A
History: ウォーレス・ステート・コミュニティ大-ヤンキース
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[6/15/2018] Zelous Wheeler out eight weeks

Zelous Wheeler hurt his left index finger (base of the intermediate phalanx) while attempting to steal second during a game against Hanshin at Rakuten Seimei on June 15. He was taken to a hospital in Sendai for tests and was diagnosed with an avulsion fracture. He could require about eight weeks for a full recovery.

Source: Sanspo 6/15/2018, Daily Sports 6/15/2018, Nikkan Sports 6/15/2018, Sports Hochi 6/15/2018

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[10/25/2017] Rakuten Eagles sign Zelous Wheeler to 2-year extension

Sanspo is reporting that the Rakuten Eagles and Zelous Wheeler reached an agreement on a two-year extension worth a total 400 million yen plus incentives with a club option for a third year.

Source: Sanspo 10/25/2017

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Zelous Wheeler: Did You Know

2017

Rakuten Eagles Manager Masataka Nashida is thinking about making Wheeler a vice-captain in 2018.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/25/2017, Daily Sports 12/25/2017


Milestones

September 23, 2017 vs Softbank at YafuOku Dome – Wheeler blasted his twenty-ninth home run of the season (second inning off  Nao Higashihama) and set a new Rakuten Eagles’ single-season home run record for a foreign player. The previous record of twenty-eight was set by Jose Fernandez in 2006 and Casey McGehee in 2013.

Source: Sanspo 9/23/2017

September 25, 2017 vs Softbank at YafuOku Dome – Wheeler recorded his thirtieth home run of the year. Only one other Rakuten player has managed to accomplish the feat: Takeshi Yamasaki with forty-three in 2007 and thirty-nine in 2009.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/25/2017, Nikkan Sports 9/26/2017

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[9/23/2017] Rakuten Eagles expected to offer Wheeler, Peguero, Amador, Herrmann new contracts

According to a report by Nikkan Sports, the Rakuten Eagles are expected to offer thirty-year-old Zelous Wheeler, thirty-year-old Carlos Peguero, thirty-year-old Japhet Amador, and thirty-three-year-old Frank Herrmann new contracts for the 2018 season. With regards to Wheeler, they will most likely sign him to a two-year deal.

It is unclear what the Eagles plans are with twenty-seven-year-old Joshua Corrales and thirty-three-year-old Luis Cruz.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/23/2017

[UPDATE 10/23 @ 11:23pm]

Wheeler, Peguero, Amador, and Herrmann are expected to return next year, as is Chia-Hao Sung.

The Eagles will most likely part ways with Corrales and Cruz.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/23/2017, Daily Sports 10/23/2017, Sponichi 10/23/2017

[UPDATE 10/25 @ 3:05am]

Peguero and Herrmann left for the US out of Narita Airport via Sendai Airport on October 24.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/24/2017, Sports Hochi 10/24/2017

[UPDATE 10/25 @ 11:44pm]

Wheeler and Amador returned to their countries out of  Narita Airport on October 25, Wheeler to the United States and Amador to Mexico.

Source: Sanspo 10/25/2017

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[11/28/2016] Rakuten Eagles sign Wheeler, Amador, Peguero, Sung to new contracts

The Rakuten Eagles announced today that they signed Zelous Wheeler (29), Japhet Amador (29), Carlos Peguero (29), and Chia-Hao Sung (24) to new contracts for the 2017 season.

According to the media, Wheeler agreed to a deal worth 100 million yen, Amador 30 million yen, Peguero 85 million yen, and Sung 4.4 million yen.

Source: Rakuten announcement, Sanspo 11/28/2016

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[9/15/2016] Zelous Wheeler will most likely return to Rakuten next year

Zelous Wheeler is expected to return to the Rakuten Eagles next year. Wheeler is interested in staying and the Eagles feel he fills a needed role with the team, namely a bat with some pop.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/15/2016

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[8/18/2016] Zelous Wheeler out of starting line-up

Zelous Wheeler was left out of tonight’s starting line-up against the Chiba Lotte Marines at kobo Stadium because he was not feeling well. He was available off the bench.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/18/2016

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