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Around the NPB Horn: Yoshihiro Nakata passes away

by on Nov.18, 2009 @ 1:15 am, under NPB

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...Former Hakyu Braves' player and coach Yoshihiro Nakata passed away on Monday due to heart failure.  He was 74.

Nakata was a player for the Braves between 1957 and 1968.  In 1969, the team brought Nakata back as a batting coach.  He also managed 4 Ni-gun games in 1978. Nakata was reassigned to chief scout when the team became the Orix Braves in 1989.

After leaving Orix in 2006, Nakata did baseball commentary for about a year before retiring from public view.

G AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI SB SH SF BB/HBP SO AVG
1430 4200 446 985 174 23 154 1667 526 45 16 43 375 890 .235

HR Titles: 1961 (29 HR)
All-Star Games: 1959

Hit 2 home runs in 1 inning on May 31, 2964.

...Yu Darvish attended the WBC ring ceremony with his wife.

Darvish said during the event that he'd like to pitch at the 2013 WBC if he's still capable of contributing.

Incidentally, his ring was apparently too big.