Fukudome, Kosuke 福留 孝介 (ふくどめ・こうすけ)
Hanshin Tigers | #8 | OF
Born: 04/25/1977 (age 42)
Height: 182cm
Weight: 93kg
Bats: L
Throws: R
Blood Type: B
Hometown: Kagoshima
Draft: 1998, 1st Round
History: PL学園高(甲)-日本生命-中日-カブス-インディアンス-ホワイトソックス-3Aスクラントン

[11/23/2017] 2017 Miki House Sanspo MVP

Kosuke Fukudome was awarded the 2017 Miki House Sanspo MVP. Shunsuke was awarded the 2017 Miki House Sanspo Special Award.

Voting Results

Votes Name JPN Name ENG Team
11 福留 孝介 Fukudome, Kosuke Hanshin
10 中谷 将大 Nakatani, Masahiro Hanshin
6 能見 篤史 Nomi, Atsushi Hanshin
  鳥谷 敬 Toritani, Takashi Hanshin
  糸原 健斗 Itohara, Kento Hanshin
5 糸井 嘉男 Itoi, Yoshio Hanshin
  秋山 拓巳 Akiyama, Takumi Hanshin

Source: Sanspo 11/23/2017, Sanspo 11/23/2017, Sanspo 11/23/2017


[9/5/2017] Tigers want Fukudome, Nishioka to return next year

Forty-year-old Kosuke Fukudome and thirty-three-year-old Tsuyoshi Nishioka signed one-year agreements before the start of the season. The Hanshin Tigers have determined that will still be functional and necessary next year. They are planning to offer them contracts for the 2018 season.

Source: Sponichi 9/5/2017


[5/22/2017] Kosuke Fukudome re-earns domestic FA option

Forty-year-old Kosuke Fukudome re-earned his free agent option today. He earned and exercised his first option in 2007.

Source: Daily Sports 5/22/2017


[11/28/2016] Hanshin Tigers planning to make Fukudome their next captain

According to a report by Sponichi, the Hanshin Tigers are planning to make Kosuke Fukudome their next captain. Takashi Toritani had been captain since 2012. They are not planning to name a new pitcher captain to replace Shinobu Fukuhara.

Source: Sponichi 11/28/2016


[7/31/2016] Kosuke Fukudome gets some rest

Kosuke Fukudome did not make the starting line-up today (July 31). Tomoaki Kanemoto told reporters he wanted to play Fukudome, but decided to rest him because of the upcoming schedule and venues (having to play on artificial turf).

This was the first time Fukudome did not make the starting line-up since June 11.

Source: Daily Sports 7/31/2016, Sports Hochi 7/31/2016


[7/30/2016] Kosuke Fukudome becomes fourth player to hit for multiple cycles

Kosuke Fukudome hit for the cycle during tonight’s game against the Chunichi Dragons at Koshien Stadium. This was the second cycle of his career. He recorded his first cycle on June 8, 2003. He joined Fumio Fujimura (October 2, 1948 and May 25, 1950), Hiromi Matsunaga (October 8, 1982 and May 24, 1991), and Robert Rose (May 2, 1995; April 29, 1997; and June 30, 1999) as the only players in NPB history to record multiple cycles during their career. Sixty-four players have now hit for the cycle sixty-nine times. At thirty-nine years and three months, Fukudome is the oldest player to hit for the cycle. The previous record of thirty-six years and six months was set by Koji Yamamoto on April 30, 1983.

The YouTube links below were working as of July 30, 10:30pm.

YouTube 1, YouTube 2

Source: Sponichi 7/30/2016

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[7/5/2016] Hanshin Tigers feel Kosuke Fukudome will still be able to contribute in 2017

The Hanshin Tigers would like thirty-nine-year-old Kosuke Fukudome to return next season. Assuming no significant injuries, they will most likely offer him an extension.

Through July 4, Fukudome led the Tigers in hits (tied, seventy-four), doubles (fourteen), batting average (.305), and on base percentage (.372).

Source: Sponichi 7/5/2016


Kosuke Fukudome: Did You Know



September 3 vs Chunichi at Koshien Stadium – Fukudome recorded the 350th double of his career in the fourth inning against Shinnosuke Ogasawara and became the forty-first player in NPB history to reach the milestone.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/3/2017

As of May 3, Fukudome has recorded four or more hits in nineteen games — four hits in fifteen and five hits in four.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/4/2017

As of July 29, Fukudome has two pinch-hit home runs to his name.

Source: Daily Sports 7/30/2017


June 14 vs Nippon Ham at Sapporo Dome – Fukudome hit a home run off Katsuhiko Kumon in the eighth inning and became the thirty-third player in NPB history to hit a home run against every NPB team, first since Jose Lopez on June 6, 2017. He joined Tomoaki Kanemoto (in 2005) and Takahiro Arai (in 2008) as the only players to accomplish the feat while wearing a Tigers uniform.

Source: Daily Sports 6/14/2018, Nikkan Sports 6/14/2018, Sponichi 6/14/2018

July 3 vs Chunichi at Koshien Stadium – Fukudome reordered his 3,000th base (single to right off Shinnosuke Ogasawara in the first inning) and became the fifty-seventh player to accomplish the feat. At forty-one years and two months, he is the third oldest to reach the milestone, behind Motonobu Tanishige at forty-one years and seven months and Takeshi Yamasaki at forty-one and five months.

Source: Sponichi 7/3/2018, Nikkan Sports 7/3/2018, Daily Sports 7/3/2018



Fukudome was selected by Yomiuri, Yakult, Chunichi, Lotte, Orix, Nippon Ham, and Kintetsu during the 1995 draft. He wanted to play for either Yomiuri or Chunichi, but Kintetsu won the pick. Kintetsu tried to persuade him to sign by saying they would trade him after three years, but that got the organization into trouble because it was against the rules.

Fukudome went on to play for for Nihon Seimei (Industrial League) and re-entered the draft three years later in 1998 and joined Chunichi using the reverse selection (gyaku shimei) rule.

Source: Daily Sports 6/25/2016


Fukudome is slated to reprise his role as captain for the second straight year next season. Tomoaki Kanemoto told the veteran about his decision on November 25.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/27/2017, Daily Sports 11/27/2017, Sports Hochi 11/27/2017, Sponichi 11/27/2017


Source: Sanspo 11/22/2018


[6/25/2016] Kosuke Fukudome records 2000th NPB+MLB hit

Kosuke Fukudome recorded two hits against the Hiroshima Carp today and became the sixth Japanese player to reach the 2000 NPB+MLB hit milestone. Hiroshima’s Takahiro Arai presented Fukudome with flowers.

Name JPN Name ENG NPB MLB Total Date Game
イチロー Suzuki, Ichiro 1278 2983 4261 2004/05/21 1465
松井 秀喜 Matsui, Hideki 1390 1253 2643 2007/05/06 1822
松井 稼頭央 Matsui, Kazuo 2057 615 2672 2009/08/15 1720
中村 紀洋 Nakamura, Norihiro 2101 5 2106 2013/05/01 2176
井口 資仁 Iguchi, Tadahito 1713 494 2207 2013/07/26 2016
福留 孝介 Fukudome, Kosuke 1502 498 2000 2016/06/25 2040

* totals through June 23, with the exception of Fukudome.
+ Ichiro, H. Matsui and K. Matsui recorded their 2,000th hit in the US.


[5/4/2016] Kosuke Fukudome leaves game with mild tightness in leg

Kosuke Fukudome left tonight’s game against Chunichi on defense in the fourth inning because of mild tightness in his left leg. He missed a few games last month with tightness in his left hamstring and the Tigers were concerned about reinjury.

Source: Sanspo 5/4/2016