Abe visited the Baseball Hall of Fame in Tokyo for the first time in his life on September 16 and donated the bat and batting gloves he used when he recorded his 2,000th hit. He also temporarily loaned the museum the ball he hit (the ball will be on display until November 23).
Abe was named a tourism ambassador for Ie, Okinawa.
Source: Daily Sports 11/9/2017
May 9 – Through May 9, Abe had 105 modasho’s.
Source: Sanspo 5/10/2017
June 18 vs Lotte at Tokyo Dome – Abe hit two home runs to push his season total to ten. He has now hit at least ten home runs in seventeen consecutive seasons, beginning with his first year. He joined Sadaharu Oh (twenty-one years) and Shigeo Nagashima (seveteen years) as the only players in franchise history to hit at least ten home runs in seventeen or more consecutive seasons. Of the three, only Nagashima and Abe have accomplished the feat beginning in their first year.
This was also Abe’s thirtieth multi-homer game, fifth most in franchise history, and tied for tenth with Akira Eto in Central League history.
Source: Nikkan Sports 6/19/2017
August 3 vs Yakult at Jingu Stadium – Abe recorded the 3,500th total base of his career during the first inning. He became the twenty-ninth player in NPB history to reach the milestone. He joined Sadaharu Oh (5,862), Shigeo Nagashima (4,369), and Tetsuharu Kawakami (3,500) as the only Yomiuri Giant lifers to record 3,500 total bases.
Source: Sanspo 8/4/2017
May 10 vs Hanshin at Tokyo Dome – Abe blasted a home run off Masaki Tanigawa in the third inning. He has now hit a home run off 224 different pitchers during his professional career. Only two other players have hit home runs off more pitchers: Tuffy Rhodes (228) and Tomoaki Kanemoto (226).
June 9 vs Seibu at Tokyo Dome – Abe blasted a home run off Katsunori Hirai in the eighth inning, pitcher #225.
June 15 vs Softbank at YafuOku Dome – Abe hit a home run off Shuta Ishikawa in the second inning, pitcher #226.
Source: Daily Sports 6/15/2018