Kaneko, Yuji 金子 侑司 (かねこ・ゆうじ)
Seibu Lions | #2 | OF
Born: 04/23/1990 (age 29)
Height: 179cm
Weight: 75kg
Bats: B
Throws: R
Blood Type: B
Hometown: Kyoto
Draft: 2012, 3rd Round
History: 立命館宇治高-立命大
Roster Changes: added 04/04/2016, removed 09/26/2016

[11/28/2017] Tatsushi Masuda to take over as Lions new chief player rep

Tatsushi Masuda is set to take over as the Seibu Lions new chief player representative. An official announcement will be made during a player meeting.

Source: Sanspo 11/28/2017

[UPDATE 11/30 @ 4:14am]

The Lions released their complete list of player representative officials on November 29.

Source: Seibu 11/29/2017


[11/23/2017] Seibu Lions: uniform number changes

The Seibu Lions announced the following uniform number changes on November 23:

Staff uniform numbers:

Registered names:

Source: Seibu 11/23/2017


[3/23/2017] Yuji Kaneko has shin splits

Yuji Kaneko might not make the opening day roster because of shin splints. He has not played in any games since March 18. He was at the stadium for the Yakult game on March 22, but left to get treatment at Seibu 2 Stadium.

Source: Sports Hochi 3/23/2017

[UPDATE 5/20 @ 12:25am]

Kaneko played in his first rehab game at Ni-gun on May 19. He got the start in right and batted second against Ni-gun Seibu. He hit a single to center and later came around to score in his first trip to the plate and walked in his second trips to the plate.

Source: Sports Hochi 5/19/2017


[9/24/2016] Yuji Kaneko hurts right groin

Yuji Kaneko did not play in tonight’s game against the Softbank Hawks at Seibu Prince Dome because he hurt his right groin while running the bases on September 23. He will be examined by a doctor on September 26. The Seibu Lions will wait a few days before they decide on his status.

Source: Sponichi 9/24/2016

[UPDATE 9/27 @ 6:35pm]

Kaneko was taken off the active roster today with pain in the back of his right knee.

Source: Daily Sports 9/27/2016, Nikkan Sports 9/27/2016

[UPDATE 9/28 @ 1:29pm]

Many of the reports yesterday did not mention any issues with his right groin, but Sponichi does include right groin in their report this morning. The Lions gave Kaneko a couple of days, but decided to take him off the active roster because he was still having problems walking.

Source: Sponichi 9/28/2016


[9/17/2016] Yuji Kaneko reaches fifty stolen bases

Yuji Kaneko stole his fiftieth base of the year during a game against the Rakuten Eagles at Seibu Prince Dome on September 17. He became the fourth player in Seibu Lions’ franchise history to reach fifty steals in one season. The other three: Koji Akiyama in 1990 (fifty-one), Kazuo Matsui in 1996 (fifty) and 1997 (sixty-two), and Yasuyuki Kataoka in 2008 (fifty), 2009 (fifty-one), and 2010 (fifty-nine).

Source: Sponichi 9/17/2016