Takahiro Arai: Did You Know

Arai blasted home runs in consecutive bats against the Yomiuri Giants on April 12, 2017. 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

On May 4, 2017, Arai recorded a hit against the 517th different pitcher he faced and tied the NPB record held by Motonobu Tanishige.

Source: Sponichi 5/5/2017

Arai recorded a pinch-hit, come-from-behind, three-run home run with two out in the ninth inning of a game against the Yakult Swallows at Jingu Stadium on May 7, 2017.

At forty-years and five months, he became the oldest player in Hiroshima Carp franchise 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

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

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

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

Source: Sponichi 7/19/2016

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Hanshin 86 46 40 0
Yomiuri 89 41 47 1
Chunichi 91 39 49 3
Yakult 89 30 57 2
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