Fujita, Kazuya 藤田 一也 (ふじた・かずや)
Rakuten Eagles | #6 | INF
Born: 07/02/1982 (age 37)
Height: 175cm
Weight: 75kg
Bats: L
Throws: R
Blood Type: O
Hometown: Tokushima
Draft: 2004, 4th Round
History: 鳴門一高-近大-横浜-DeNA
Roster Changes: removed 04/12/2016, added 04/29/2016, removed 10/04/2016

[8/4/2018] Kazuya Fujita diagnosed with bruised ribs

Kazuya Fujita banged the left side of his chest while sliding head-first into third base in the eighth inning of a game against the Chiba Lotte Marines on August 3. He was removed from the game and taken to a hospital in Sendai. He was diagnosed with a bruised rib (fifth rib on the left side) and will require about four weeks for a full recovery. He was taken off the active roster on August 4.

Source: Sponichi 8/4/2018, Daily Sports 8/4/2018, Sports Hochi 8/4/2018, Sports Hochi 8/4/2018


[1/31/2018] Kazuya Fujita to start year at Ni-gun spring camp

Kazuya Fujita was examined at a hospital in Sendai on January 29 and diagnosed with an injury to his left soleus muscle that will require three to four weeks for a full recovery. He will start the year at Ni-gun spring camp.

Source: Sanspo 1/31/2018


[7/19/2017] Kazuya Fujita taken off active roster

Kazuya Fujita was taken off the active roster today with lower back pain. He was having problems since before the All-Star break.

Source: Sanspo 7/19/2017, Nikkan Sports 7/19/2017


[10/4/2016] Kazuya Fujita and Koji Aoyama considering all their options

Thirty-four-year-old Kazuya Fujita and thirty-three-year-old Koji Aoyama could exercise their free agent options depending on how negotiations go with the Rakuten Eagles.

Fujita told reporters he appreciated everything the Eagles did for him after they obtained him in a trade, but was also curious about testing the free agent market because it will most likely be his last chance.

Aoyama is thinking about all his options and will decide what to do after he has had a chance to talk to the Eagles.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/4/2016

[UPDATE 10/6 @ 10:39am]

The Eagles have asked Fujita to stay. He wants to stay, but also wants to find out if other teams are interested in him.

Aoyama has also spoken to the Eagles and is working to toward a decision by talking it over with his family.

Source: Sponichi 10/6/2016

[UPDATE 10/25 @ 7:09pm]

Fujita is planning to stay with the Eagles. He told reporters on October 24 that he wants to play with his current teammates again next year and wanted to strive for another Nippon Series in Tohoku.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/25/2016, Nikkan Sports 10/25/2016


Kazuya Fujita: Did You Know

Borrowing a page out of Kazuo Matsui’s handbook, Kazuya Fujita likes to spray his glove with water then stick in a refrigerator overnight. He believes the moisture and the low temperature make the glove fit better on his hand.

Fujita’s fielding game is all about positioning and not so much about getting a good first step. He keeps an eye on the catcher for hints on where he should position himself on the field.

Source: Sanspo 8/11/2016


September 12, 2017 vs Nippon Ham at Sapporo Dome – With a runner on first and one out in the third inning, Fujita recorded a sac hit off Shohei Otani and became the fortieth player in NPB history to reach the 200 sac hit milestone.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/12/2017, Daily Sports 9/12/2017


[8/3/2016] Kazuya Fujita leaves game with fingernail injury

Kazuya Fujita misplayed a grounder to second hit by Hiroyuki Nakajima during tonight’s game against the Orix Buffaloes and broke the nail on his right finger. He motioned to the dugout that he needed treatment and was replaced by Toshihito Abe.

Soure: Sports Hochi 8/3/2016, Nikkan Sports 8/3/2016


[4/27/2016] Kazuya Fujita hits double in rehab game

Kazuya Fujita played in a rehab game against Ni-gun Seibu on April 27. He started at second and batted lead-off. He grounded out to second in his first trips to the plate before recording a double to left-center in the sixth. On defense, he helped turn two double plays.

Source: Sports Hochi 4/27/2016


[4/26/2016] Kazuya Fujita goes 0-for-3 in rehab game

Kazuya Fujita (rib fracture) played in his first rehab game at Ni-gun on April 26. He got the start at second and batted fifth against Seibu and went 0-for-3 with an RBI. On defense, he helped turn a 5-4-3 double play in the fifth inning.

Source: Sports Hochi 4/26/2016


[4/22/2016] Kazuya Fujita begins fielding and hitting practice

Kazuya Fujita took fielding and hitting practice on April 21 for the first time since his injury. He is hoping to make it back to the active roster in May. He is at about twenty percent.

Fujita took about ten grounders at second. For indoor hitting practice, he hit off a tee and against a pitcher throwing slow pitches.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/22/2016


[4/13/2016] Kazuya Fujita out with rib fracture

Kazuya Fujita hurt his left chest during a game against Orix at Kyocera Dome on April 5. He was originally diagnosed with a bruise, but a follow-up examination revealed a fissure fracture in the fourth rib on his left side. He will require about three weeks for a full recovery.

Source: Sponichi 4/13/2016, Nikkan Sports 4/13/2016