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Yokohama Bay Stars: Alex Ramirez reaches 2,000-hit milestone with home run

by on Apr.06, 2013 @ 3:58 pm, under NPB

Alex Ramirez reached the 2,000-hit milestone with a solo home run to left off Masanori Ishikawa (Yakult) in the top of the 6th.  He is the first foreign player in NPB history to reach the milestone.

Ramirez is...

  • ...the forty-second player in NPB history to reach the milestone.
  • ...the twenty-sixth player in NPB history to reach the milestone in the game after he recorded his 1,999th hit.  First since Atsunori Inaba on April 28, 2012.
  • ...second only to Tetsuharu Kawakami in number of games required to reach the milestone (1,695 to 1,646).
  • ...the third player in NPB history to record hit 2,000 against a former team.  The other two: Hiroyuki Yamazaki in 1983 and Hideji Kato in 1987.
  • ...the first player to achieve the feat after playing for three different CL teams (Yakult, Yomiuri, Yokohama).

A twenty-year-old Bay Stars' fan caught the home run ball and later exchanged it for an autographed bat.

Source: Sponichi 4/6/2013, Sponichi 4/6/2013, Daily Sports 4/6/2013Nikkan Sports 4/6/2013, Sponichi 4/7/2013, Sponichi 4/7/2013

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Countdown to 2,000

Hit Game # Date Opponent Pitcher Venue
1 1 3/30/2001 Yokohama Shintaro Takeshita Yokohama Stadium
1,000 854 4/21/2007 Chunichi Kazuki Yoshimi Jingu Stadium
1,500 1236 8/26/2006 Chunichi Yudai Kawai Nagoya Dome
2,000 1695 4/6/2013 Yakult Masanori Ishikawa Jingu Stadium

Foreign Players with 1,000+ Hits

Hits Player
2000 Alex Ramirez
1792 Tuffy Rhodes
1579 Leron Lee
1436 Leon Lee
1418 Bobby Marcano
1413 Boomer Wells
1368 Alex Cabrera
1275 Robert Rose
1271 Jose Fernandez
1124 John Sipin
1123 Roberto Barbon