Sakamoto, Hayato 坂本 勇人 (さかもと・はやと)
Yomiuri Giants | #6 | INF
Born: 12/13/1988 (age 29)
Height: 186cm
Weight: 83kg
Bats: R
Throws: R
Blood Type: AB
Hometown: Hyogo
Draft: 2006, High School 1st Round
History: 光星学院高(甲)

[7/30/2017] Hayato Sakamoto may have left game with injury

Hayato Sakamoto may have suffered some sort of an injury during his at bat in the third inning of a game against the Yokohama Bay Stars at Tokyo Dome on July 30. He remained in the dugout until Yoshinobu Takahashi stepped onto the field after the inning to report a change in the line-up.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/30/2017

[UPDATE 7/31 @ 4:09pm]

Sakamoto may have felt some discomfort in his lower body. General Manager Yoshitaka Katori did not provide media with specifics, but did say his condition was not serious and that they pulled him from the game as a precaution. When asked if there was a chance Sakamoto might have to be taken off the active roster, he said no and that everything will probably be okay since they have a day until their next game.

Source: Sponichi 7/31/2017, Daily Sports 7/31/2017

[UPDATE 7/31 @ 6:58pm]

Tokyo Sports is wondering if Sakamoto’s lower back might be acting up again.

Source: Tokyo Sports 7/31/2017


Hayato Sakamoto: Did You Know


July 9, 2017 vs Hanshin at Koshien Stadium – Sakamoto recorded the 1,500th hit of his career. The milestone hit came in the ninth inning off Rafael Dolis.

Sakamoto is the 123rd player in NPB history to reach the 1,500-hit milestone. He recorded the 1,500th hit in his 1,354th game, third fewest games in franchise history, behind Tetsuharu Kawakami’s 1,241 games and Shigeo Nagashima’s 1,273 games.

At twenty-eight years and six months, Sakamoto is the youngest player in Yomiuri Giants’ franchise history to reach the milestone. The previous record of thirty years and four months was set by Sadaharu Oh in 1970. He is the second youngest player in NPB history to reach the milestone, behind Kihachi Enomoto at twenty-seven years and nine months. He is the youngest right-handed hitter in NPB history to reach the milestone. The previous record of twenty-nine years and one month was set by Harutoshi Kodama in 1964.

Source: Daily Sports 7/9/2017, Nikkan Sports 7/9/2017, Nikkan Sports 7/10/2017


[6/15/2017] at home Hero Award for May

The at home Hero Award for May was given to Hayato Sakamoto for his two-homer game against Hanshin on May 10. The Giants won the game 9-7. Sakamoto recorded his first home run in the third inning with runners on first and second, one out, and the score tied at two. His second blast came in his next at bat as the lead-off hitter in the fifth inning. It marked the third time he hit home runs in consecutive trips to the plate in his career, first since April 27, 2016. Sakamoto went on to record a single to left in the sixth and finished the night 3-for-4 with four RBI.

Source: at home announcement, box score


[12/5/2016] Hayato Sakamoto wins 2016 Yanase Giants MVP

The Yomiuri Giants announced today that Hayato Sakamoto won the 2016 Yanase Giants MVP Award. Since the Giants finished in second place, Sakamoto will get a Mercedes Benz C180 (third place = A class, second place = C class, and first place = E class). He also won the award in 2010.

As of 2015, five NPB teams (Giants, Chunichi Dragons, Hanshin Tigers, Orix Buffaloes, and Softbank Hawks) were eligible for the Yanase MVP Award if they finished in third place or better.

Source: Yomiuri announcement


[9/6/2016] Hayato Sakamoto out of the starting line-up because of pain in calf

Hayato Sakamoto was left out of the starting line-up against the Hanshin Tigers at Koshien Stadium on September 6 because of pain in his left calf. Sakamoto fouled a pitch off the same area of his leg during a game against the Chunichi Dragons on September 4.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/6/2016


[8/19/2016] at home Hero Award for July

The at home Hero Award for July was given to Hayato Sakamoto for his game against the Yokohama Bay Stars at Tokyo Dome on July 9. With the score tied at two in the bottom of the eight, Sakamoto led off the inning with a drive that cleared the fence in left. It was his sixteenth home run of the season and his first in seven games.

Source: at home announcement, box score


[8/6/2016] Hayato Sakamoto records eighth straight multi-hit game

Hayato Sakamoto recorded his eighth straight multi-hit game on August 6 against the Hiroshima Carp at Mazda Stadium. The eight consecutive multi-hit games tied a Yomiuri franchise record set by Wally Yonamine in 1954 and Kiyoshi Nakahata in 1985.

The NPB record of ten was set by Tsuguo Goto in 1952, Charlie Lewis in 1954, and Michihiro Ogasawara in 2001.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/6/2016, Sponichi 8/7/2016


[7/30/2016] Hayato Sakamoto earns international FA option

Hayato Sakamoto earned his international FA option today with nine years of service time on the active roster.  He reportedly signed a multi-year deal contract with the Yomiuri Giants after the 2015 season.

Source: Sponichi 7/30/2016


[6/13/2016] at home Hero Award for May

The at home Hero Award for May was given to Hayato Sakamoto for his performance against Yakult at Tokyo Dome on May 13. With the Giants down 2-1 and runners on first and second and two out in the twelfth inning, Sakamoto hit a double to left that plated both runners and gave his team a come-from-behind 3-2 walk-off victory.

Source: at home announcement, box score


[6/8/2016] Sky Perfect Sayonara Award for May

Central League

Hayato Sakamoto, Yomiuri (Second Time)

May 13 against Yakult at Tokyo Dome. Down 2-1 in the bottom of the twelfth. Runners on first and second and two out. Sakamoto hit a come-from-behind walk-off double to left. Tomoyuki Sugano held on a to 1-0 lead until he allowed the game-tying run to score in the ninth inning. The Swallows then took a 2-1 lead in the twelfth on a fielder’s choice. Yakult was one out away from taking the game when Sakamoto recorded the ninth walk-off of his career, first since August 20, 2015.

Pacific League

Tadahito Iguchi, Lotte (First Time)

May 14 against Rakuten at QVC Marine Field. Tied at twelve in the bottom of the tenth inning. Runners on second and third and two out. Iguchi hit a walk-off single to left. The Marines took an early lead with a four run first inning, but quickly gave it away in the top of the second. The Eagles added two in the top of the third to take a 6-4 lead. They kept the lead and added six more runs. Lotte kept things close with runs of their own and managed to tie the game at twelve with a three run sixth. Iguchi recorded the eleventh walk-off of his career. At forty-one years of age, he also became the oldest player in franchise history to record a walk-off.