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Nippon Ham Fighters: Kensuke Tanaka will likely exercise international FA option

by on Aug.21, 2012 @ 10:55 am, under NPB

According to Nikkan Sports, Kensuke Tanaka is planning to exercise his international FA option after the season in order to pursue a career in the Majors.  Tanaka did sign a three-year deal after the 2010 season, but his contract included a clause that gave him permission to end the contract if he wanted to head overseas.

Nikkan Sports lists the following as possible reasons why they feel Tanaka will head to the US next year:

  • someone close to Tanaka told reporters that he has made up his mind about playing in the Majors and will most likely inform the team after the season that he wants to exercise his international FA option.
  • his wife started taking English conversation courses this year
  • he moved to a glove that is slightly larger this season

Tanaka may have actually exercised his international FA option after last season, but likely decided not to because he struggled with injuries and was limited to just forty-nine Ichi-gun games.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/21/2012

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Career Stats

Year Team G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI SB CS SH SF BB IBB HBP SO DP AVG OBP SLG OPS
2000 Nippon Ham 5 5 5 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 .200 .200 .200 .400
2001 Nippon Ham 56 116 99 12 14 1 1 3 26 9 0 2 3 1 13 0 0 28 0 .141 .239 .263 .502
2002 Nippon Ham 60 177 158 18 40 7 4 0 55 10 3 2 9 0 9 0 1 36 2 .253 .298 .348 .646
2003 Nippon Ham 52 114 102 10 22 4 1 1 31 16 1 1 2 2 6 0 2 30 0 .216 .268 .304 .572
2004 Nippon Ham 21 45 40 4 13 3 2 1 23 7 1 0 2 0 2 0 1 7 1 .325 .372 .575 .947
2005 Nippon Ham 22 28 24 2 5 0 0 1 8 2 1 1 0 0 4 0 0 10 0 .208 .321 .333 .654
2006 Nippon Ham 125 450 376 68 113 10 6 7 156 42 21 7 34 4 30 0 6 60 3 .301 .358 .415 .773
2007 Nippon Ham 144 638 526 66 134 24 7 3 181 31 27 14 58 2 43 1 9 107 2 .255 .321 .344 .665
2008 Nippon Ham 144 638 536 89 159 32 9 11 242 63 21 7 26 3 62 2 11 80 4 .297 .379 .451 .830
2009 Nippon Ham 144 680 575 93 163 34 4 3 214 49 31 11 17 4 79 4 5 105 0 .283 .373 .372 .745
2010 Nippon Ham 143 662 576 88 193 24 4 5 240 54 34 10 7 5 72 4 2 66 6 .335 .408 .417 .825
2011 Nippon Ham 49 220 200 25 58 6 1 1 69 10 8 3 2 1 17 0 0 21 1 .290 .344 .345 .689
2011 Nippon Ham 106 473 427 47 130 13 3 3 158 30 12 9 6 3 35 2 2 35 1 .304 .370 .358 .728
  1071 4264 3644 522 1045 158 42 39 1404 323 160 67 166 25 372 13 39 587 20 .287 .357 .385 .742