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Shinnosuke Abe becomes third catcher in NPB to reach 40-homer mark

by on Sep.12, 2010 @ 4:25 am, under NPB

Shinnosuke Abe (YOM) became the third catcher in NPB history to reach the 40 homer mark in a season when he hit a grand slam in the 7th inning of last night's game against the Hiroshima Carp.  The other two catchers: Katsuya Nomura (40 or more homers 5 times); and Koichi Tabuchi (40 or more homers 3 times, although really twice as a catcher).

The grand slam was also Abe's 9th of his career.  That moves him out of a 2nd place tie with Tatsunori Hara on the franchise all-time list.  Sadaharu Oh sits atop the franchise and NPB all-time list with 15.

It was also the Giants' 7th grand slam of the year.  One more ties the franchise record for grand slams in a season (set in 1995, 1998, and 2000).