Abe, Shinnosuke 阿部 慎之助 (あべ・しんのすけ)
Yomiuri Giants | #10 | INF
Born: 03/19/1979 (age 40)
Height: 180cm
Weight: 97kg
Bats: L
Throws: R
Blood Type: A
Hometown: Chiba
Draft: 2000, 1st Round
History: 安田学園高-中大
Roster Changes: added 05/30/2016

[3/13/2019] Shinnosuke Abe joins San-gun with calf tightness

Shinnosuke Abe returned to Tokyo on March 12 with tightness in his left calf. He had been traveling with the team and taking things slow, but will join San-gun for workouts today.

Abe is working his way back to catcher this year. He is one of four catchers competing for the everyday Ichi-gun job. This is his second setback. He struggled with back tightness during spring camp. In four exhibition games, he was 1-for-6 with two RBI.

Source: Sponichi 3/13/2019, Sanspo 3/13/2019, Daily Sports 3/13/2019, Nikkan Sports 3/12/2019


[9/5/2017] Shinnosuke Abe leaves game after fouling pitch off foot

Shinnosuke Abe fouled a pitch off his right foot during an at bat in the first inning of tonight’s game against the Chunichi Dragons at Matsumoto Stadium. He was removed from the game on defense in the third inning as a precaution.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/5/2017, Daily Sports 9/5/2017, Sanspo 9/5/2017

[UPDATE 9/6 @ 2:35pm]

According to Sponichi, Abe fouled the pitch off his right toes.

Source: Sponichi 9/6/2017

[UPDATE 9/7 @ 2:22am]

Abe was not available to play on September 6. The Giants are going to see how he feels after a day or two of rest.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/6/2017, Sponichi 9/6/2017


[8/13/2017] Shinnosuke Abe notches 2,000th career hit

Shinnosuke Abe recorded his 2,000th career hit during tonight’s game against the Hiroshima Carp at Mazda Stadium. Abe was 0-for-2 with a walk in his first three trips to the plate. With no one on, one out, and Takeru Imamura on the mound in the top of the ninth, Abe laced a 1-2 fork to right for his 2,000th career hit.


Source: Daily Sports 8/13/2017, Sponichi 8/13/2017, Sponichi 8/13/2017, Tokyo Sports 8/13/2017, Sponichi 8/14/2017, Sanspo 8/14/2017



[6/18/2017] Shinnosuke Abe leaves game after hurting knee

Shinnosuke Abe hurt his right knee when he fell backwards while trying to get out of the way of an inside 3-2 pitch during his at bat in the sixth inning. He was able to walk off the field on his own and was replaced by a pinch-runner.

Source: Sponichi 6/18/2017, Nikkan Sports 6/18/2017

[UPDATE 6/19 @ 9:50pm]

Abe was taken off the active roster today.

[UPDATE 6/20 @ 5:54pm]

The Yomiuri Giants have not revealed any specific information regarding Abe’s injury, but media reports from this morning mention the possibility that he might end up missing the rest of the first-half of the season.

Source: Sponichi 6/20/2017, Nikkan Sports 6/20/2017, Daily Sports 6/20/2017

[UPDATE 6/21 @ 12:15pm]

Abe visited Giants Stadium on June 20 to get treatment for his knee. He told reporters he would begin a rehab training program as soon as the pain receded.

Source: Daily Sports 6/21/2017, Nikkan Sports 6/21/2017

[UPDATE 6/28 @ 4:03pm]

Abe starting taking outdoor batting practice and fielding practice (grounders at first base) with cleats at Giants Stadium on June 27. He also ran some dashes.

Source: Sponichi 6/28/2017, Nikkan Sports 6/28/2017

[UPDATE 6/30 @ 11:55am]

Abe might be able to rejoin the Ichi-gun team on July 1. He was able to taking batting practice and fielding practice at Giants Stadium on June 29. He also did some sliding during base-running practices. He is set to play in a Ni-gun rehab game against Yakult today.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/30/2017, Sponichi 6/30/2017

[UPDATE 7/1 @ 4:49pm]

Abe did not play on June 30 because he was not feeling well. He did play in a Ni-gun game against Yakult today and got the start at first and batted third. He went 1-for-3 (G1, G5, 1B9) and recorded a two-out RBI single to right off Ross Ohlendorf in the sixth.

Added additional performance information on 7/2 @ 4:30pm.

Source: Sponichi 7/1/2017, Nikkan Sports 7/1/2017, Sponichi 7/2/2017

[UPDATE 7/1 @ 10:59pm]

The Giants added Abe to the active roster today. He also made a pinch-hit appearance in tonight’s game against the Bay Stars and grounded out to first.


[5/15/2017] at home Hero Award for March/April

The at home Hero Award for March/April was given to Shinnosuke Abe for the three-run walk-off home run he blasted in the bottom of the ninth against the Chunichi Dragons on April 1. The Giants won the game 4-2. It was the seventh walk-off home run of Abe’s career, good for a second place tie on the franchise all-time list.

Source: at home announcement, box score


Shinnosuke Abe: Did You Know


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).

Source: HoF 9/16/2017Nikkan Sports 9/16/2017, Sponichi 9/16/2017

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).

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/10/2018, Nikkan Sports 5/10/2018

June 9 vs Seibu at Tokyo Dome – Abe blasted a home run off Katsunori Hirai in the eighth inning, pitcher #225.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/10/2018, Daily Sports 6/9/2018

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

August 8 vs Hanshin at Tokyo Dome – Abe recorded a home run off Hiroto Saiki in the first inning, pitcher #227.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/8/2018, Daily Sports 8/8/2018

August 21 vs Yokohama at Yokohama Stadium – Abe hit a home run off Kentaro Taira in the second inning and tied Tuffy Rhodes’ record for home runs against the most number of pitchers.

Source: Daily Sports 8/21/2018, Nikkan Sports 8/21/2018, Sanspo 8/21/2018, Sponichi 8/21/2018

September 16 vs Chunichi at Tokyo Dome – Abe hit a grand slam off Hitoki Iwase in the seventh inning. The grand slam was the tenth of Abe’s career, first since September 11, 2010. Abe became just the second player in Giants history to hit ten grand slam, behind Sadaharu Oh’s fifteen. At thirty-nine years and five months, he became the old player in Giants history to hit a grand slam. The previous record of thirty-nine years and zero months was set by Haruyasu Nakajima in 1948. The NPB record of forty-three years and six months was set by Yasunori Oshima on May 4, 1994.

Source: Sanspo 9/17/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/17/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/17/2018, Sponichi 9/17/2018


[4/23/2017] Shinnosuke Abe having leg problems

Shinnosuke Abe did not play in Saturday’s (April 22) because pain in his lower half. He did make it into tonight’s game as a pinch-hitter.

Source: Sanspo 4/23/2017


[3/24/2017] Shinnosuke Abe overcoming some tightness in his legs

Shinnosuke Abe left a game on March 15 early because of some tightness in his legs. Since then, he has spent most of his time either as a designated hitter or bat off the bench. He may be having trouble adjusting his workload: he took thing slow last year and ended up hurting his right shoulder before the start of the season; he increased his workouts this year and may have ended up overworking himself.

Abe was able to return to the starting line-up yesterday against Nippon Ham and went 0-for-3 (F9, G4, F8, BB).

Source: Tokyo Sports 3/24/2017


[8/20/2016] Shinnosuke Abe: 200 Tokyo Dome Home Runs

Shinnosuke Abe blasted his 200th Tokyo Dome home run during yesterday’s game against the Hanshin Tigers. Only six other players in NPB history have hit 200 or more home runs in one stadium: Sadaharu Oh and Shigeo Nagashima at Korakuen Stadium, Katsuya Nomura and Hiromitsu Kadota at Osaka Stadium, and Koji Yamamoto and Sachio Kinugasa at Hiroshima Stadium.

Home Runs at Tokyo Dome, top three players: Abe (200), Yoshinobu Takahashi (176), Michihiro Ogasawara (175).

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/20/2016, Sanspo 8/20/2016


[7/19/2016] at home Hero Award for June

The at home Hero Award for June was given to Shinnosuke Abe for his game against Nippon Ham at Tokyo Dome on June 4. With the score tied at four and one out in the sixth, Abe drove a fastball over the fence in right. It was his second home run since he made it back to the active roster. He had been struggling with right shoulder problems and had also been working hard to make adjustments to his swing to account for a decline in power. The home run helped the Giants win their sixth straight game.

Source: at home announcement, box score