Tadahito Iguchi was named the recipient of the twentieth Golden Spirit Award. Sadaharu Oh and Sadaaki Yoshimura were selected for special awards. An award ceremony will be held in Tokyo on December 4.
Iguchi started getting involved in local communities just before he turned pro. He has donated wheelchairs (forty-two), AED devices (six), and time and money to various facilities and organizations during a career in baseball that has spanned more than twenty years. He set up baseball clinics, visited hospitals, and provided support during the Eastern Japan Earthquake through Ai Kikin, a charitable organization he helped create when he was a member of the Daiei Hawks.0 Comments
The Chiba Lotte Marines announced through their website earlier today that reached an agreement with their new manager, Tadahito Iguchi. The Marines are scheduled hold a press conference for Iguchi at a hotel in Chiba on October 14.
According to media reports, the two sides likely agreed to a three-year contract worth an estimated eighty million yen a year and the uniform number 6.
[UPDATE 10/15 @ 6:00am]
The Marines held a press conference for Iguchi on October 14. He was assigned the uniform number 6.
Source: Lotte 10/14/20170 Comments
Forty-two-year-old Tadahito Iguchi has decided to retire after the season. During a press conference at ZOZO Marine Stadium earlier today, he told the media that he made his decision to retire last year and that he asked the team to give him one more year during contract negotiations. He also said he made the announcement now because he wanted to give fans as many opportunities to see him play. After the press conference, Katsuya Kakunaka and Daichi Suzuki presented Iguchi with flowers.
Iguchi played college ball at Aoyama Gakuin University. He played in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics during his senior year and began his NPB career with Daiei. He blasted a grand slam in his first Ichi-gun game on May 3, 1997. He led the league in stolen bases in 2001 (forty-four) and 2003 (forty-two). He made the All-Star team four times (2001-2004), the Best Nine three times (2001, 2003, 2004), and won four Golden Gloves (2001, 2003, 2004) during his eight years with Daiei. He joined the 30/30 club in 2001 with thirty home runs and forty-four stolen bases and tied an NPB record with four doubles in one game on July 26, 2003.
He became a free agent after the 2004 season and signed a two-year deal with the Chicago White Sox. He was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies during the 2007 season and then signed with the San Diego Padres in December 2007. He returned to the Phllies one last time in 2008 and then decided to return to Japan. He signed a three-year deal with the Chiba Lotte Marines in January 2009 and has been with the team since.
Iguchi made the All-Star team five times with Lotte (2009-2013), recorded his 250th NPB+MLB home run on April 16, 2013 and his 2,000th NPB+MLB hit on July 26, 2013. He recorded at least one home run out of every spot in the line-up when he blasted a home run while batting fourth on April 7, 2009.
Source: Tokyo Sports 6/20/2017, Sanspo 6/20/2017, Chunichi Sports 6/20/2017, Sponichi 6/20/2017, Sponichi 6/20/2017, Sports Hochi 6/20/2017, Daily Sports 6/20/2017, Daily Sports 6/20/2017, Daily Sports 6/20/2017
[UPDATE 7/13 @ 2:46pm]
The Marines announced today that Iguchi’s retirement game will take place on September 24.
Source: Lotte 7/13/2017
[UPDATE 9/24 @ 10:01pm]
Iguchi started at designated hitter and batted sixth against Nippon Ham at ZOZO Marine Stadium on September 24. He went 2-for-5: 1B7, G4, Ks, HR8 two RBI, F9. Hiroki Kokubo, Hiroshi Shibahara, and Kazumi Saito attended the post-game retirement ceremony and presented Iguchi with flowers.
Source: Tokyo Sports 9/24/2017
[UPDATE 9/25 @ 1:55am]
For those that missed it, the Marines have opened a special Iguchi section at their site.
[UPDATE 9/25 @ 11:25pm]
Team mates tossed Iguchi into the air eight times during his retirement ceremony on September 24.
[UPDATE 9/26 @ 7:29pm]
The Marines are open to Iguchi keeping the uniform number 6 if he agrees to take over as manager.
Source: Sponichi 9/26/2017
[UPDATE 9/30 @ 1:51am]
The Marines announced on September 29 that they have so far received ten orders for their special commemorative Iguchi ring. The ring carries a price tag of 165,000 yen. The Marines will be accepting orders until October 1.
Source: Daily Sports 9/29/20170 Comments
Tadahito Iguchi did not play in today’s game against the Hanshin Tigers at ZOZO Marine because of some tightness in his left hamstring.
Source: Nikkan Sports 6/1/20170 Comments
Iguchi will appear on about 2,000 Chiba Coast Guard 2018 safety posters.
Source: Sports Hochi 1/5/2018
Iguchi recorded the 250th home run of his career on May 25. At forty-two years and five months, he became the oldest player to reach the milestone. The previous high was Atsunori Inaba at thirty-nine years and nine months.0 Comments
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 9/6/20160 Comments
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 9/1/20160 Comments
Tadahito Iguchi was hit by a pitch on his left arm during his at bat in the second inning against the Yakult Swallows at QVC Marine tonight. He was removed from the game on defense in the third inning and taken to a hospital in Chiba for tests. He was diagnosed with a bruise on his left forearm.
Source: Sanspo 6/10/20160 Comments
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.
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.0 Comments
Tadahito Iguchi recorded a pinch-hit home run in the seventh inning against Softbank at QVC Marine on May 29. At forty-one years and five months, he became the second oldest player in franchise history to hit a pinch-hit home run. Katsuya Nomura holds the record at forty-three years and one month.
Source: Sponichi 5/29/20160 Comments