Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Tadahito Iguchi

Going to have to do this a little quick but I didn't want to let too much time go by - last Friday, Tadahito Iguchi became the latest player to reach 2000 career hits (fourth this year and seventh in the past two years).  It was his 1506th hit in NBP to go with the 494 hits he had in his four years playing in MLB.

Iguchi was a first round pick by the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks in the 1997 draft (which was in the fall of 1996) out of Aoyamagakuin University of the Tohto University League.  He spent his eight years with the Hawks before departing for the US in 2005.  After four years in the US, he returned to Japan in 2009 and signed with the Marines.

2011 BBM Tohto 80th Anniversary #76

1999 Calbee #131

2010 Calbee #081
Iguchi actually has twice played for Japan in international competition - he was on the 1996 Olympic team as well as the 2001 Baseball World Cup team:

2002 BBM Japan National Team #33

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