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Tomoaki Kanemoto (HAN) becomes oldest player in CL history to record pinch-hit homer

by on Sep.15, 2011 @ 11:41 pm, under NPB

Tomoaki Kanemoto entered tonight's game against the Chunichi Dragons as a pinch-hitter in the 8th inning and blasted his 9th homer of the season and his first pinch-hit homer since 6/27/2010 (vs Yakult).

At 43 years and 5 months, Kanemoto became the older player in CL history to record a pinch-hit homer.  The previous high of 42 years and 3 months was set by Tsutomo Wakamatsu on 8/12/1989.

The NPB record of 44 years and 11 months was set by Katsuya Nomura on 6/15/1980.

(UPDATE 9/16 @ 7:04am - additional notes added)