Saturday, June 13, 2015

Kazuhiro Wada

I wanted to do a quick post on Kazuhiro Wada getting his 2000th hit on Thursday.  I think Wada's the first player to reach that milestone since Tadahito Iguchi almost two years ago.

Wada was drafted as a catcher by the Lions back in the fall 1996 draft.  He was with the Lions through the 2007 season before joining the Dragons (bit of bad timing there - his new team had just won the 2007 Nippon Series and his old team would win in 2008).  He's played in six Nippon Series but only won once (in 2004).  He's made the Best 9 team six times, lead the league in batting once and was the 2010 Central League MVP.  He played for the Japan National Team for the 2003 Asian games, the 2004 Olympics and the 2006 World Baseball Classic.

1997 BBM #458

2003 Calbee #C-7

2004 BBM Nippon Series #60

2006 Upper Deck WBC #32

2008 BBM All Stars #A30

2010 BBM 2nd Version #541

2011 BBM 1st Version #326

2012 Bandai Owners League #078

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