With under 30 games remaining for both the Hanshin Tigers (29) and Yakult Swallows (27), I thought it might be time for another countdown to 200 hits post.
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Assuming the current rate at which the two players are hitting, Murton is on pace the finish the season with 213 hits and Aoki 207 hits.
Murton's 170 hits ties George Altman (set in 1968) for second on the single season hit list for first year foreign players. Phil Clark sits atop of the single season hit list for first year foreign players with 174 (set in 1997).
Murton also has a shot at breaking the NPB record of 210 hits set by Ichiro Suzuki in 1994.