Fukuura, Kazuya 福浦 和也 (ふくうら・かずや)
Chiba Lotte Marines | #9 | INF
Born: 12/13/1975 (age 45)
Height: 183cm
Weight: 88kg
Bats: L
Throws: L
Blood Type: B
Hometown: Chiba
Draft: 1993, 7th Round
History: 習志野高
Roster Changes: added 07/12/2016, removed 08/18/2016, added 08/29/2016

[1/24/2019] Kazuya Fukuura planning to retire at the end of the season

The media is reporting that forty-three-year-old Kazuya Fukuura is planning to retire at the end of the season. Fukuura told Nikkan Sports in an interview that his body was no longer as resilient as it once was and that he did not want to play while holding back out of fear of getting hurt. The veteran also said that if he really felt he could still play full-time, he probably never would have accepted the added responsibility of being a Ni-gun hitting coach this season.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/24/2019, Nikkan Sports 1/24/2019 (interview 1), Nikkan Sports 1/24/2019 (interview 2), Daily Sports 1/24/2019, Sponichi 1/24/2019


[9/22/2018] Kazuya Fukuura reaches 2000 hits

Kazuya Fukuura reached the 2,000-hit milestone during today’s game against the Seibu Lions at ZOZO Marine Stadium. The hit was a double to right off Ryuya Ogawa in the bottom of the 8th inning.



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September 9 vs Seibu at MetLife Dome – Fukuura blasted a home run (fourth inning, off Tatsuya Imai), his first since April 9, 2015. At forty-two years and eight months, he joined Tadashi Wakabayashi (1950, forty-two years and five months), Katsuya Nomura (1978, forty-three years and one month), and Tadahito Iguchi (2017, forty-two years and nine months) as the only Lotte players over forty-two to hit a home run.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/10/2018



October 4 – The city of Narashino announced that they will hold a presentation ceremony on October 8 at ZOZO Marine.

Source: Narashino 10/4/2018 (original link)

September 26 – The city of Narashino in Chiba announced that they are going to give Fukuura a Citizen’s Honor Award.

Source: Sponichi 9/26/2018


[4/10/2018] Kazuya Fukuura sets new Lotte record with 2,162 games

Kazuya Fukuura set a new Chiba Lotte Marines franchise record on April 10 by playing in his 2,162nd game. He started the day tied with Kihachi Enomoto.

Source: Lotte 4/10/2018, Daily Sports 4/10/2018, Sports Hochi 4/10/2018, Sponichi 4/10/2018


[5/21/2017] Kazuya Fukuura taken off active roster

Kazuya Fukuura was taken off the active roster today with tightness in the back of his right thigh. He developed the tightness while running out a grounder to third in the fourth inning of yesterday’s (May 20) game against the Rakuten Eagles. His condition is not considered serious, but the Chiba Lotte Marines decided to take him off the active roster because he has had leg problems in the past and they were concerned he might aggravate the hamstring.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/21/2017, Sponichi 5/21/2017, Daily Sports 5/21/2017


[9/6/2016] Lotte planning to offer Iguchi, Fukuura contracts for 2017

The Chiba Lotte Marines are planning to offer Tadahito Iguchi (41) and Kazuya Fukuura (40) contracts for the 2017 season. Iguchi recorded his 1,000th NPB RBI on September 1 and Fukuura is seventy-three hits shy of 2,000.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/6/2016


[9/1/2016] Tadahito Iguchi and Kazuya Fukuura planning to play in 2017

Forty-one-year-old Tadahito Iguchi and forty-year-old Kazuya Fukuura are planning to continue playing next year. Chiba Lotte Marine officials are expected to talk to both players once the season ends.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/1/2016


[8/18/2016] Kazuya Fukuura leaves game with back tightness

Kazuya Fukuura developed tightness in the right side of his back while playing defense in the second inning of a game against the Rakuten Eagles at kobo Stadium on August 18. The tightness began when he twisted his body to catch a ball thrown by Yamaico Navarro. Fukuura remained in the game until he was replaced on defense in the fourth inning. He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/18/2016

[UPDATE 8/19 @ 7:01pm]

Fukuura was taken off the active roster today with pain in his left side. Lotte decided to take him off the active roster because he may not be able to play for two to three games.

Source: Sponichi 8/19/2016, Daily Sports 8/19/2016, Sports Hochi 8/19/2016