Category: Did You Know

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Toshiaki Imae: Did You Know

Milestones

April 21 vs Orix at Rakuten Seimei Park – Imae recorded the 100th home run of his career off Hirotoshi Masui in the ninth inning. He became the 286th player in NPB history to reach the milestone.

Imae hit his first home run off Yasushi Kamiuchi during the second inning of a game against Daiei at Chiba Marine on August 21, 2004.

Source: Sports Hochi 4/21/2018, Sponichi 4/21/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/21/2018

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YOK

Katsuki Azuma: Did You Know

Miscellaneous

Azuma likes to eat bananas while waiting in the dugout for his turn to pitch.

Source: Sankei 4/20/2018, Sports Hochi 4/20/2018, Baseball King 4/20/2018

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Ko Shimozuru: Did You Know

2018

April 19 vs Yakult at Mazda Stadium – Shimozuru recorded the first walk-off hit of his career. The hit came in the bottom of the 12th inning with a runner on second and two out.

Source: Daily Sports 4/20/2018, Sponichi 4/20/2018

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Kotaro Kiyomiya: Did You Know

Milestones

Kiyomiya played in his first Eastern League game on April 10, 2018. He got the start at designated hitter and batted fifth against Seibu. He struck out swinging on five pitches against Tadasuke Minamikawa. He left the game after the at bat (coming off injury).

Source: Sponichi 4/10/2018, Sports Hochi 4/10/2018

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Yasuaki Yamasaki: Did You Know

Milestones

Yamasaki notched the 100th save of his career during a game against the Yomiuri Giants at Tokyo Dome on April 10, 2018. The save came in Yamasaki’s 189th game, second only to Takahiro Mahara’s 178 games.

Source: Daily Sports 4/10/2018, Sponichi 4/10/2018, Sankei News 4/10/2018

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YOM

Shunta Tanaka: Did You Know

Relationships

The Yomiuri Giants announced on April 9 that Tanaka (24) filed marriage papers with a twenty-five-year-old woman from Kanagawa in January 2018. He moved out of the team dormitory on the day of the announcement.

Source: Daily Sports 4/9/2018, Sanspo 4/9/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/9/2018

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David Buchanan: Did You Know

Family

Buchanan’s wife is pregnant with the couple’s first child (due in October 2018).

Source: Sponichi 3/30/2018

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Ryota Yachi: Did You Know

Relationships

Yachi (27) filed marriage papers with a woman in Tokyo in February 2018.

Source: Sanspo 3/23/2018

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Hiroya Shimamoto: Did You Know

Relationship

The Hanshin Tigers announced on March 1, 2018 that Shimamoto filed marriage papers with a twenty-five-year-old woman from Fukuoka.

Source: Hanshin 3/1/2018, Nikkan Sports 3/1/2018, Daily Sports 3/1/2018

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Katsuki Azuma: Did You Know

Equipment

Asuma has two images stitched on the inside of all of his gloves: a pile of poo in gold thread and a star in white thread. The pile of golden poo represents kin-un (financial luck) and the white star represents shiroboshi (victories).

Source: Sanspo 2/15/2018

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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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