Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Yoshihisa Hirano

Yoshihisa Hirano of the Orix Buffaloes notched his 29th save of the season yesterday.  It was NPB career save number 242 for him which, when added to the eight saves he had in MLB during his three year stint with the Diamondbacks and Mariners, brings his total number of saves between the two leagues to 250 and qualifies him for the Meikyukai or Golden Players Club.  He's only the fourth NPB pitcher to reach this milestone, following Kazuhiro Sasaki, Shingo Takatsu and Hitoki Iwase.

I did a post on Hirano when he left for the majors after the 2017 season so I'm just going to show off some other cards of him tonight (I'm still ridiculously busy at work so I don't have time to go into much more detail):

2006 BBM 2nd Version #570

2006 Shukan Baseball #4-1/3

2008 Calbee #094

2002 Calbee #AS-02

2013 Front Runner Buffaloes Season Summary #02

2016 BBM Fusion #016

2017 Calbee Samurai Japan #SJ-19

2021 BBM Buffaloes #B07

2023 Topps NPB #4

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