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.
Arai has participated in the Goma Gyo (fire ritual) since the 2004 off-season (fourteen consecutive years).
Source: Tokyo Sports 1/12/2018
April 12, 2017 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, 2017 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, 2017 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).
Arai has so far his three walk-off home runs during his career:
Source: Sponichi 7/19/2016
Arai has nine walk-off hits, six with Hiroshima and three with Hanshin.
Source: 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 Appearances: 2002, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2013, 2015, 2016
Source: Daily Sports 6/28/2016