Kenta Imamiya: Did You Know

Charitable Work

Imamiya hit the Fukuoka Bank sign on the wall in right during a game against Lotte on July 22 and earned a one million yen reward. He donated the entire sum to relief efforts for the Kyushu Heavy Rainfall Disaster earlier this year in July.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/26/2017, Daily Sports 11/26/2017


Milestones

2017

July 5 vs Orix at YafuOku Dome – Imamiya recorded the 250th sac hit of his career and became the nineteenth player in NPB history to reach the milestone. At twenty-five years and eleven months, he is the youngest player to record 250 sac hits. The previous record of twenty-eight years and ten months was held by Masahiro Kawai.

Imamiya notched his 250th sac hit in his 788th game. Only Kawai, at 723 games, managed to reach 250 in fewer games.

Source: Sponichi 7/6/2017

2018

June 5 vs Yakult at Jingu Stadium – Imamiya blasted Softbank’s 8,500th franchise home run. The milestone home run came off Masanori Ishikawa in the second inning. The Hawks are the fourth team in the NPB, behind the Yomiuri Giants, Seibu Lions, and Chunichi Dragons, to reach 8,500 home runs.

Source: Sponichi 6/6/2018, Sports Hochi 6/5/2018, Nikkan Sports 6/5/2018

August 24 vs Seibu at YafuOku Dome – Imamiya recorded the first lead-off home run of his career (first inning, off Yusei Kikuchi).

Source: Sponichi 8/24/2018

August 26 vs Seibu at YafuOku Dome – Imamiya connected for the first grand slam of his career (second inning, off Chun-Lin Kuo).

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/26/2018


Major League

Imamiya is interested in playing in the Majors. He is currently set to earn his international free agent option in 2020.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/1/2o18


Family

The Hawks announced on June 6 that Imamiya’s wife gave birth to the couple’s second child, a boy weighing 3,192 grams, at a hospital in Oita.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/6/2018

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NPB Standings [Full]
G W L T
Hiroshima 143 88 51 4
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
G W L T
Softbank 143 94 49 0
Seibu 143 79 61 3
Rakuten 143 77 63 3
Orix 143 63 79 1
Nippon Ham 143 60 83 0
Lotte 143 54 87 2
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