Takahiro Arai: Did You Know

Miscellaneous

2018

Training on January 5 – safety squats 230 kilograms x 10 times. He also bench pressed 100 kilograms x 10 times and 110 kilograms x 8 times during an end of the year training session.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/6/2018, Sponichi 1/6/2018, Sanspo 1/6/2018, Daily Sports 1/6/2018

Arai has participated in the Goma Gyo (fire ritual) since the 2004 off-season (fourteen consecutive years).

Source: Tokyo Sports 1/12/2018


Milestones

Arai has so far hit three walk-off home runs during his career:

  • May 29, 2002 against Chunichi
  • April 30, 2008 against Yakult
  • July 18, 2016 against Hanshin

Arai has nine walk-off hits, six with Hiroshima and three with Hanshin.

Source: Sponichi 7/19/2016, Sponichi 12/4/2017

Through 2015, Takahiro Arai is 13-for-25 with two home runs and four RBI in thirteen All-Star Games.

All-Star Awards

  • Rookie: 2002
  • MVP: 2013, Game 2
  • Outstanding Player: 2002, Game 2
  • Fighting Spirit: 2013, Game 3; 2015 Game 2

All-Star Appearances: 2002, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2013, 2015, 2016

Source: Daily Sports 6/28/2016

2017

April 12 vs Yomiuri Giants at Tokyo Dome – Arai blasted home runs in consecutive bats (second and third innings). It was the twenty-second time he hit two home runs in one game over his career, first since July 12, 2016. At forty years and two months, he is the second player in Hiroshima Carp history over forty to accomplish the feat. The other was Sachio Kinugasa on June 14, 1987 at forty years and four months.

Source: Sponichi 4/13/2017

May 4 vs Chunichi Dragons at Mazda Stadium – Arai recorded a hit against Takuya Mitsuma in the eighth inning. The hit was off the 517th pitcher Arai faced over his career and tied the NPB record held by Motonobu Tanishige.

Source: Sponichi 5/5/2017

May 7 vs Yakult Swallow at Jingu Stadium – Arai recorded a pinch-hit, come-from-behind, three-run home run with two out in the ninth inning.

At forty-years and five months, he became the oldest player in Hiroshima Carp history to record a pinch-hit home run. The previous record of thirty-nine years and ten months was set by Koji Yamamoto on September 11, 1986. Forty-seven home runs have now been hit by players over forty in NPB history. He is the first to record a pinch-hit, come-from-behind home run in the ninth inning with two out.

The pinch-hit home run was the eleventh of his career (tenth in a Hiroshima uniform).

Source: Sanspo 7/8/2017, Sponichi 7/8/2017, Nikkan Sports 7/8/2017

2018

May 23 vs Yomiuri at Hitachinaka – Arai hit a home run in the first inning and at forty-one years and three months, became the oldest player in Carp history to hit a home run. The previous record of forty-one years and zero months was set by Takuro Ishii.

The blast also gave Arai at least one home run in twenty consecutive seasons, beginning with his rookie year.

Source: Sponichi 5/23/2018, Daily Sports 5/23/2018

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Hanshin 143 78 61 4
Yokohama 143 73 65 5
Yomiuri 143 72 68 3
Chunichi 143 59 79 5
Yakult 143 45 96 2
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Seibu 143 79 61 3
Rakuten 143 77 63 3
Orix 143 63 79 1
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