Nakamura, Takeya 中村 剛也 (なかむら・たけや)
Seibu Lions | #60 | INF
Born: 08/14/1983 (age 37)
Height: 175cm
Weight: 102kg
Bats: R
Throws: R
Blood Type: O
Hometown: Osaka
Draft: 2001, 2nd Round
History: 大阪桐蔭高
Roster Changes: removed 06/15/2016, added 06/30/2016, removed 07/29/2016, added 08/18/2016

[3/14/2019] Takeya Nakamura slowed by ankle discomfort

The Seibu Lions announced on March 13 that Takeya Nakamura will spend time working out at Seibu 2 Stadium due to discomfort from his right ankle. He was scratched from a game against Orix on March 12 after he started feeling discomfort in the ankle during pre-game practices. He is slated to rejoin the Ichi-gun team on March 19.

Source: Tokyo Sports 3/13/2019, Nikkan Sports 3/13/2019, Sanspo 3/13/2019


[11/8/2018] Takeya Nakamura to exercise option and remain with Seibu

The Seibu Lions announced that Takeya Nakamura decided to exercise his international free agent option and stay with the organization. The Lions released the following statement from Nakamura:

I decided to exercise my international free agent option because I want to continue wearing the Lions uniform. I want to wear this uniform and, with the help from fans, hit as many home runs as possible, beginning next year. I also want to taste the happiness of winning the Nippon Series we failed to win this year with this team.

Source: Seibu 11/8/2018, Tokyo Sports 11/8/2018, Sports Hochi 11/8/2018, Daily Sports 11/8/2018, Sponichi 11/8/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/8/2018, Sanspo 11/8/2018


[4/21/2018] Takeya Nakamura hurts left shoulder

Takeya Nakamura hit his left shoulder on the ground while playing defense in the fifth inning of a game against the Chiba Lotte Marines at MetLife Dome on April 21. He  was removed from the game on defense in the sixth inning as a precaution. He did not go to the hospital. The Seibu Lions will wait to see how Nakamura is feeling on Sunday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/21/2018

[UPDATE 4/23 @ 4:51pm]

The Lions decided to take Nakamura off the active roster on April 22.

Source: Sanspo 4/22/2018, Sponichi 4/22/2018

[UPDATE 4/25 @ 6:54pm]

Nakamura was examined at a hospital in Tokyo on April 23. The Lions will wait about a week to see if the pain goes away. If it does, he will be able to slowly resume workouts. If not, he will be re-examined.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/24/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/25/2018


[11/8/2017] Takeya Nakamura will most likely sign new one-year contract with Seibu

Thirty-four-year-old Takeya Nakamura is in the final year of a four-year contract. The media learned on November 7 that Nakamura is not expected to exercise his option and will most likely agree a new one-year deal.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/8/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/8/2017

[UPDATE 11/11 @ 12:13am]

Nakamura spoke to reporters on November 10 and said he was planning to stay with the Lions.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/10/2017, Sponichi 11/10/2017


Takeya Nakamura: Did You Know

Nakamura has celebrated his wife’s birthday with eight home runs in eight games over the last ten years. He got married in July 2008 and has hit home runs on September 10 in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2016, and 2017 (he hit two in 2010). The only time he did not hit a home run was in 2014.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/11/2017, Sponichi 9/11/2017


Multi-home run games: thirty-seven (through June 27, 2018).

Source: Sponichi 6/28/2018, Nikkan Sports 6/28/2018


October 14 vs Rakuten at MetLife Dome – Nakamura hit a three-run home run off Koji Aoyama in the sixth inning. The home run was the eighth of his Climax Series career and tied the record for home runs during Playoff/Climax Series history, also held by Tyrone Woods and Kazuhiro Wada.

Source: Sponichi 10/15/2017


August 8 vs Orix at Kyocera Dome – Nakamura recorded the 1,000th RBI of his career with a two-run home run off Andrew Albers in the second inning and became the forty-fifth player in NPB history (first in Lions’ history) to reach the milestone. He also became just the ninth player in NPB history to record all 1,000 RBI with one Pacific League team, first since Nobuhiko Matsunaka in 2009.

Source: Daily Sports 8/8/2018, Sports Hochi 8/7/2018, Tokyo Sports 8/7/2018, Sponichi 8/7/2018, Sponichi 8/8/2018, Nikkan Sports 8/8/2018

August 10 vs Rakuten at Rakuten Seimei Park – Nakamura homered in his sixth straight game and became the ninth player in Pacific League history to achieve the feat.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/10/2018, Sponichi 8/10/2018, Sports Hochi 8/10/2018, Daily Sports 8/10/2018

Nakamura has an equipment contract with SSK. He uses a 33.5 inch bat that weighs 940 grams. The weight is toward the handle instead of the barrel.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/13/2018


[8/17/2017] Takeya Nakamura taken off active roster

Takeya Nakamura complained of tightness in his lower back after a game on August 15. He missed yesterday’s (August 16) game and was taken off the active roster today. Hatsuhiko Tsuji told reporters they felt it made more sense to give Nakamura ten days to rest and recover than to leave him on the active roster.

Source: Daily Sports 8/17/2017, Nikkan Sports 8/17/2017, Sponichi 8/17/2017

[UPDATE 9/5 @ 3:26pm]

Nakamura played in a Ni-gun rehab game against Rakuten on September 4. He started at designated hitter and batted clean-up. He went 0-for-3 and had no problems with his back (he was slated for two plate appearances and asked for a third). He is hoping to make it back to the active roster this month, maybe as early as September 8.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/5/2017, Sponichi 9/5/2017, Daily Sports 9/5/2017

[UPDATE 9/5 @ 11:44pm]

Nakamura played in a Ni-gun game against Yakult today. He started at third and batted clean-up. He went 1-for-2 with a walk. He hit a grand slam in his first at bat in the first inning.

Source: Tokyo Sports 9/5/2017


[6/7/2017] Takeya Nakamura leaves game after hurting left side

Takeya Nakamura tweaked his upper portion of his left side when he hit a home run during his at bat in the bottom of the sixth inning of tonight’s game against the Yomiuri Giants. He was replaced on defense in the top of the seventh inning.

Source: Tokyo Sports 6/7/2017

[UPDATE 6/8 @ 6:09pm]

Nakamura was left out of the starting line-up against the Yomiuri Giants tonight. He went to a hospital in the morning for an MRI and reported to MetLife Dome around 2pm.

Source: Tokyo Sports 6/8/2017


[4/25/2017] Takeya Nakamura misses game with ankle inflammation

The Seibu Lions announced today that Takeya Nakamura was diagnosed with inflammation in his right ankle. His condition is not considered serious. He did not play tonight as a precaution. He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Sports Hochi 4/25/2017, Sponichi 4/25/2017, Nikkan Sports 4/25/2017

[UPDATE 4/26 @ 10:50pm]

Nakamura first started feeling some pain in his right ankle a few days ago. He returned to the starting line-up tonight against Orix at designated hitter and went 0-for-4.

Source: Daily Sports 4/26/2017, Sponichi 4/26/2017


[7/29/2016] Takeya Nakamura will be sent down to Ni-gun for an adjustment

Takeya Nakamura will be sent down to Ni-gun for an adjustment. He was 14-for-72 since he returned to the active roster after a stint at Ni-gun due to a left hip injury.

Norio Tanabe told reporters he made the decision to send Nakamura down to Ni-gun after he went 0-for-4 in tonight’s game against Orix.

Source: Sponichi 7/29/2016


[7/13/2016] Tanabe concerned with Nakamura’s fatigue

Norio Tanabe is concerned about Takeya Nakamura. Tanabe feels Nakamura is using too much upper body when swinging the bat because his lower body is dragging behind. The slugger has struggled with problems with his lower body this season. He most recently missed some time with a left hip injury. Tanabe could leave Nakamura out of the starting line-up tonight.

Source: Sponichi 7/13/2016, Daily Sports 7/13/2016