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Suzuki, Seiya 鈴木 誠也 (すずき・せいや)
Hiroshima Carp | #51 | OF
Born: 08/17/1994 (age 23)
Height: 181cm
Weight: 90kg
Bats: R
Throws: R
Blood Type: A
Hometown: Tokyo
Draft: 2012, 2nd Round
History: 二松学舎大付高
Roster Changes: added 04/04/2016, removed 10/01/2016, added 10/11/2016
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[8/23/2017] Seiya Suzuki leaves game after hurting right ankle

Seiya Suzuki hurt his right ankle while making a catch near the wall during tonight’s game against the Yokohama Bay Stars at Yokohama.

The incident took place in the second inning. Yasutaka Tobashira hit a drive to right-center that Suzuki managed to make a leaping catch near the wall. As he came down, he landed on his ankle in an awkward manner and fell to the ground. He was unable to stand. Suzuki had to be carried off the field on a stretcher.

Suzuki was taken to a hospital in Yokohama for tests and diagnosed with a chip fracture in his medial malleolus. He will be re-examined by the team doctor at a hospital in Hiroshima on August 24.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/23/2017, Nikkan Sports 8/23/2017, Daily Sports 8/23/2017

[UPDATE 8/25 @ 9:23pm]

Suzuki was re-examined at a hospital in Hiroshima on August 24. There was no change in his diagnosis. He will get more information about his injury early next week (things like the schedule and rehab program).

Source: Sanspo 8/25/2017, Sports Hochi 8/25/2017

[UPDATE 8/29 @ 11:05pm]

The Carp announced today that Suzuki had surgery on his right ankle at a hospital in Hiroshima and will remain hospitalized for about two weeks. He will require about three months for a full recovery.

Note: he also suffered an injury to the deltoid ligament.

Source: Daily Sports 8/29/2017

[UPDATE 9/9 @ 12:15am]

Suzuki was discharged from the hospital on September 6. He will begin a rehab program at San-gun on either Saturday (September 9) or Sunday (September 10). Most of his workouts will focus on his upper body.

Source: Sanspo 9/8/2017

[UPDATE 9/9 @ 4:37pm]

Suzuki has a cast on his right leg and needs crutches to get around. He worked out for about two hours at the Ono training facilities today. His rehab included moving his right toes and working his upper body.

Source: Daily Sports 9/9/2017

[UPDATE 11/15 @ 1:44pm]

Suzuki took light fielding practices on November 14 for the first time since his surgery. He does not have any major issues with hitting or throwing at this point.

Source: Sponichi 11/15/2017

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Seiya Suzuki: Did You Know

Suzuki signed an advisory staff contract with ASICS.

Source: Daily Sports 2/22/2017, ASICS 2/22/2017


Milestones

April 11, 2017 – Suzuki became the Hiroshma Carps’ sixty-eighth clean-up hitter in franchise history.

Source: Sponichi 6/9/2017, Koisoku 4/12/2017

August 17, 2017 –  Suzuki walked five times in five consecutive plate appearances in one game. He joined Tomoaki Kanemoto (2001) as the only players in franchise history to accomplish the feat during a game that did not go into extra innings.

Source: Daily Sports 8/17/2017


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[12/2/2016] 2016 Sky Perfect Dramatic Sayonara of the Year Award

The NPB announced on December 1 that Hiroshima’s Seiya Suzuki and Softbank’s Yuki Yoshimura were winners of the 2016 Sky Perfect Dramatic Sayonara of the Year Award.

Central League

Seiya Suzuki, Hiroshima

June 18 against Orix at Mazda Stadium. Down 3-1 in the bottom of the ninth inning. Runners on first and third and one out. Suzuki hit a walk-off, come-from-behind, three-run home run to left. The Carp held a 1-0 lead into the sixth inning, but starter Akitake Okada gave up two runs in the seventh on three hits and a walk. Reliever Takeru Imamura allowed another run to score in the top of the ninth to give Orix a 3-1. This was Suzuki’s second walk-off home run in as many days. He became the tenth player in NPB history to record walk-off home runs in consecutive games.

Pacific League

Yuki Yoshimura, Softbank

April 17 vs Rakuten at YafuOku Dome. Bottom of the 12th inning with the score tied at seven and a runner on first and no out. Yoshimura blasted a walk-off two-run home run to left-center. He also hit a three-run home run to tie the game in the 9th.

Source: NPB announcement

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[9/11/2016] Seiya Suzuki played through a partial shoulder dislocation

Seiya Suzuki apparently suffered a partial dislocation of his left shoulder when he dove after a ball hit to foul territory during a game against the Yomiuri Giants on August 24. A team trainer suggested he be taken off the active roster to focus on treatment, but he decided to play through it (the shoulder is fine now).

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/11/2016

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[8/28/2016] Seiya Suzuki records second two-homer game of the season

Seiya Suzuki blasted his twentieth and twenty-first home runs during a game against the Chunichi Dragons at Nagoya Dome on August 27. It was his second two-homer game of the season.

With his twentieth home run of the season, Suzuki became the first Japanese Carp to hit at least twenty home runs in one season since Kenta Kurihara hit twenty-three in 2009. He also joined Sachio Kinugasa (twenty-one in 1968, fourth year) and Tomonori Maeda (twenty-seven in 1993, fourth year) as the only players out of high school in franchise history to hit at least twenty home runs in one season within their first four years.

Source: Daily Sports 8/28/2016, Sponichi 8/28/2016

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Seiya Suzuki: Did You Know

When Seiya Suzuki was a child, his father told him he would make a living as a baseball player. There were times he was told to stop studying and go running. During his third year in junior high school, he recorded ones in seven subjects, other than gym and social studies.

Suzuki was hitting rubber baseball with a plastic bat when he was a one-year-old. He started playing for Arakawa Little when he was a third year elementary school student. At around the same time, his father had a special eighty centimeter long and three centimeter thick iron bat made. He had to hit golf balls with the bat. He topped 138km/h as a pitcher when he was a third year junior high school student and had invites from about forty schools. He high forty-three home runs during his high school career.

Suzuki made an appearance on TV Tokyo’s Shutsubotsu! Adomachikku Tengoku when he was a fifth year elementary school student.

Source: Sponichi 6/24/2016

Suzuki participated in an event in Shunan, Yamaguchi on December 17. During the event, he was asked if he was interested in the Majors. He replied that he did not want to go now, but that as a baseball player, he was naturally interested in the next level.

After the event, he told reporters he was interested in the Majors because he had been following it. He was also not sure if he wanted to go because he was not yet at that level to think about it.

Assuming no injuries, he could earn his international free agent option some time during the 2023 season.

Source: Sanspo 12/18/2016

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[7/8/2016] Sky Perfect Sayonara Award for June

Central League

Seiya Suzuki, Hiroshima (First Time)

June 18 against Orix at Mazda Stadium. Down 3-1 in the bottom of the ninth inning. Runners on first and third and one out. Suzuki hit a walk-off, come-from-behind, three-run home run to left. The Carp held a 1-0 lead into the sixth inning, but starter Akitake Okada gave up two runs in the seventh on three hits and a walk. Reliever Takeru Imamura allowed another run to score in the top of the ninth to give Orix a 3-1. This was Suzuki’s second walk-off home run in as many days. He became the tenth player in NPB history to record walk-off home runs in consecutive games.

Pacific League

Brandon Laird, Nippon Ham (Second Time)

June 10 against Hanshin at Sapporo Dome. Down 4-3 in the bottom of the ninth inning. Runner on first and no out. Laird hit a walk-off, come-from-behind, two-run home run to left. The Fighters were down 2-0 in the top of the fifth, but took a 3-2 lead by scoring runs in the fifth, sixth, and seventh innings. The Tiger reclaimed the lead with a two-run eighth.

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[6/22/2016] Nihon Seimei Inter-league 2016 Awards

The NPB unveiled the winners of this year’s Nihon Seimei Inter-league 2016 awards.

Most Valuable Player (two million yen)

Ryuma Kidokoro – Softbank Hawks
15 G, 22-for-53, .415 AVG (1st), 5 HR (5th), 12 RBI (12th), SB 6 (3rd)

Kidokoro led all hitters with a .415 batting average during Inter-league play. He was also in the top five for home runs and stolen bases.

Nihon Seimei Award (one million yen)

Seiya Suzuki – Hiroshima Carp
16 G, 24-for-63, .381 AVG (3rd), 4 HR, 13 RBI, .714 SLG (3rd)

Suzuki led all Central League hitters with a .381 batting average during Inter-league play. He helped his team finish in third place by hitting game-winning home runs in three consecutive games.

Shohei Otani – Nippon Ham Fighters
0.38 ERA (1st), 3 Wins (1st, tied), 30 SO (2nd)

Otani led all pitchers in ERA and wins. He was also one strikeout away from tying for first.

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[6/18/2016] Seiya Suzuki blasts second walk-off homer in as many days

Seiya Suzuki blasted his second walk-off home run in as many days on June 18. He is the tenth player in NPB history to accomplish the feat, first since Aarom Baldiris in 2012 (April 30 and May 1); seventh player in Central League history, first since Ryosuke Hirata in 2011 (June 4 and 5); and second in franchise history, first since Kiyoyuki Nagashima in 1984 (September 15 and 16). At twenty-one years and ten months, he became the youngest player to accomplish the feat. The previous record of twenty-two years and ten months belonged to Nagashima.

Source: Sponichi 6/18/2016, Jiji Press 6/18/2016, Nikkan Sports 6/19/2016

[UPDATE 6/20 @ 4:56pm]

Suzuki hit another home run on June 19 for his third in as many days. All three home runs gave the Carp a lead. Tadahito Iguchi was the last player before him to drive in game-winning runs with home runs in three consecutive games: in 2009 on May 10 against Rakuten and May 12-13 against Softbank. Suzuki is the third player in franchise history to achieve the feat. The other two: Hiromu Fujii in 1960 on Spemtember 23 against Kokutetsu and September 25 during a double-header against Chunichi; and Akira Eto in 1996 on June 30 against Yomiuri and July 2-3 against Yokohama.

Source: Sponichi 6/20/2016

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[4/26/2016] Eldred, Suzuki, Dobayashi go back-to-back-to-back

Brad Eldred, Seiya Suzuki, and Shota Dobayashi went back-to-back-to-back (solo home runs off Yoshihisa Naruse) in the second inning against Yakult at Jingu Stadium on April 26.

The last time three Hiroshima players hit consecutive home runs was against Yomiuri at Hiroshima on September 2, 2005: Shigenobu Shima, Takahiro Arai, and Tomonori Maeda.

The last time three NPB players hit consecutive home runs was Nippon Ham against Orix at Hotto Motto Kobe on September 5, 2015: Sho Nakata, Kensuke Kondo, and Brandon Laird.

Eldred and Suzuki went on to him one more home run during the game. Suzuki hi a grand slam off Luis Perez in the seventh inning and Eldred a solo home run off Kenichi Matsuoka in the ninth.

Source: Sports Hochi 4/26/2016

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