Imamiya, Kenta 今宮 健太 (いまみや・けんた)
Softbank Hawks | #2 | INF
Born: 07/14/1991 (age 28)
Height: 172cm
Weight: 76kg
Bats: R
Throws: R
Blood Type: O
Hometown: Oita
Draft: 2009, 1st Round
History: 明豊高(甲)

[12/27/2018] Softbank Hawks lock up Kenta Imamiya with four-year contract

Twenty-seven-year-old Kenta Imamiya was at YafuOku Dome for contract negotiations on December 26. After finalizing his salary for the 2019 season, Imamiya told the media he also signed a four-year contract and wanted to play for the Hawks for as long as possible.

Imamiya’s salary for 2019 will be an estimated 260 million yen plus incentives. There is no set salary for his contract. He is slated to earn his domestic free agent option some time next year.

Source: Sponichi 12/27/2018, Sponichi 12/27/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/27/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/27/2018, Sports Hochi 12/26/2018


[12/18/2018] Softbank Hawks uniform number changes

The Softbank Hawks announced the following uniform numbers changes:

Source: Softbank 12/18/2018


[9/18/2018] Kenta Imamiya hurts left leg

Kenta Imamiya hurt his left leg (thigh) while playing defense in the first inning of a game against the Seibu Lions at MetLife Dome on September 17. He was unable to walk and had to be carried off the field. He received treatment and was later able to walk out of the stadium on his own. He was taken to a hospital for tests. He will be re-examined today.

Source: Sanspo 9/17/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/17/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/17/2018, Sponichi 9/17/2018, Sponichi 9/18/2018, Sports Hochi 9/17/2018, Daily Sports 9/17/2018

[UPDATE 9/18 @ 9:45pm]

Imamiya was examined at a hospital in Tokyo today and diagnosed with an injury to his left semitendinosus and semimembranosus muscles (hamstring). He was taken off the active roster on the same day, with hopes that he can return in the minimum ten days.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/18/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/18/2018, Sanspo 9/18/2018


[6/14/2018] Kenta Imamiya taken off active roster

Kenta Imamiya was taken off the active roster on June 13 with inflammation in his right elbow. He was playing threw the injury, but it was beginning to affect not only his fielding, but also his hitting. He will begin rehab today and may require more than the minimum ten days.

Source: Daily Sports 6/13/2018, Mainichi 6/13/2018, Nishi Nippon 6/13/2018

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[5/22/2018] Kenta Imamiya bumped from starting line-up because of elbow discomfort

Kenta Imamiya was left out of the starting line-up against Seibu at YafuOku Dome on May 22 because of discomfort in his elbow. He was slated to make the starting line-up, but complained of discomfort in his elbow after participating in pre-game practices. He was taken to a hospital in Fukuoka for an examination.

Source: Sanspo 5/22/2018, Nikkan Sports 5/22/2018, Daily Sports 5/22/2018


[3/23/2018] Kenta Imamiya out with viral gastroenteritis

Kenta Imamiya visited a hospital in Fukuoka on March 23 and was diagnosed with viral gastroenteritis. He will get some rest at home until March 25. He is expected to miss the remaining exhibition games on the schedule.

Source: Sports Hochi 3/23/2018, Sponichi 3/23/2018, Nikkan Sports 3/23/2018


[2/24/2018] Kenta Imamiya has right elbow synovitis

Kenta Imamiya developed pain in his right elbow on February 23. He visited a hospital in Fukuoka on February 24 and was diagnosed with elbow synovitis. Imamiya believes he will be fine for opening day, but it is unclear if he will be okay for the Samurai Japan games against Australia on March 2 and 3.

Source: Sanspo 2/24/2018, Nikkan Sports 2/24/2018, Sponichi 2/24/2018


[7/8/2017] Kenta Imamiya left out of the starting line-up

Kenta Imamiya was left out of the starting line-up tonight against the Nippon Ham Fighters at Sapporo Dome because of fatigue related lower back pain. He was taken to a hospital in Sapporo for tests during pre-game practices. This was the first time he did not make the starting line-up this season.

Kimiyasu Kudo told reporters the turf at Sapporo Dome was hard and that now was not the time to push players.

Source: Sports Hochi 7/8/2017, Nikkan Sports 7/8/2017

[UPDATE 7/11 @ 6:56pm]

Imamiya missed two games because of lower back pain and a fever. He was again left out of the starting line-up tonight.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/11/2017


Kenta Imamiya: Did You Know

Charitable Work

Imamiya hit the Fukuoka Bank sign on the wall in right during a game against Lotte on July 22 and earned a one million yen reward. He donated the entire sum to relief efforts for the Kyushu Heavy Rainfall Disaster earlier this year in July.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/26/2017, Daily Sports 11/26/2017



July 5 vs Orix at YafuOku Dome – Imamiya recorded the 250th sac hit of his career and became the nineteenth player in NPB history to reach the milestone. At twenty-five years and eleven months, he is the youngest player to record 250 sac hits. The previous record of twenty-eight years and ten months was held by Masahiro Kawai.

Imamiya notched his 250th sac hit in his 788th game. Only Kawai, at 723 games, managed to reach 250 in fewer games.

Source: Sponichi 7/6/2017


June 5 vs Yakult at Jingu Stadium – Imamiya blasted Softbank’s 8,500th franchise home run. The milestone home run came off Masanori Ishikawa in the second inning. The Hawks are the fourth team in the NPB, behind the Yomiuri Giants, Seibu Lions, and Chunichi Dragons, to reach 8,500 home runs.

Source: Sponichi 6/6/2018, Sports Hochi 6/5/2018, Nikkan Sports 6/5/2018

August 24 vs Seibu at YafuOku Dome – Imamiya recorded the first lead-off home run of his career (first inning, off Yusei Kikuchi).

Source: Sponichi 8/24/2018

August 26 vs Seibu at YafuOku Dome – Imamiya connected for the first grand slam of his career (second inning, off Chun-Lin Kuo).

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/26/2018

Major League

Imamiya is interested in playing in the Majors. He is currently set to earn his international free agent option in 2020.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/1/2o18


The Hawks announced on June 6 that Imamiya’s wife gave birth to the couple’s second child, a boy weighing 3,192 grams, at a hospital in Oita.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/6/2018


[1/28/2017] Kenta Imamiya’s wife give birth to baby boy

Kenta Imamiya’s wife gave birth to the couple’s first child, a boy weighing 3,200 grams, at a hospital in Oita earlier today. Imamiya had ended his workouts in Kitakyushu on January 27 to be with his wife.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/28/2017