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Sakamoto first shortstop in CL to hit 20 homers before the age of 22

by on Aug.14, 2010 @ 2:30 pm, under NPB

Hayato Sakamoto became the first shortstop in the Central League to hit 20 homers before the age of 22 last night.  The PL has featured four players that have accomplished the feat 6 times: Yasumitsu Toyoda (1953, 1955), Takao Katsuragi (1958), Takayuki Murakami (1986), and Hiroyuki Nakajima (2004).

Sakamoto is also the 4th player on the Giants to accomplish the feat.  The other three: Shigeo Nagashima (1958), Sadaharu Oh (1962), and Hideki Matsui (1994-1996).