Shinya Miyamoto became the fortieth player in NPB history to reach 2,000 hits today with a single to center in his first at bat at of the afternoon (vs Hiroshima's Yuya Fukui).
At forty-one years and five months, he is also the oldest player to reach the milestone (broke Hiromitsu Ochiai's record of forty-one years and four months). He is also just the second player, behind Atsuya Furuta, to reach the milestone after playing college and industrial ball.
Miyamoto and Atsunori Inaba (HAM) are just the second pair of former team mates that played their first game with same team in the same year and reached the 2,000 hit milestones during their careers. The other: Hideji Kato and Yutaka Fukumoto played in their first games with the Hankyu Braves in 1969; Fukumoto reached 2,000 in 1983, Kato in 1987. That makes Miyamoto and Inaba the first pair of former team mates that played their first game with the same team in the same year and also reached the 2,000 hit milestone in the same year.
Countdown to 2,000
|1||3||4/13/1995||Chunichi||Kikuo Yamada||Jingu Stadium|
|1,000||1044||6/23/2004||Yokohama||Yui Tomori||Jingu Stadium|
|1,500||1495||6/15/2008||Nippon Ham||Ryan Glynn||Sapporo Dome|
|2,000||1976||5/4/2012||Hiroshima||Yuya Fukui||Jingu Stadium|