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[9/5/2014] Chunichi Dragons: Masahiro Yamamoto sets a number of NPB age records

by on Sep.05, 2014 @ 10:59 pm, under NPB

Masahiro Yamamoto made his first start of the year at Nagoya Dome tonight against the Hanshin Tigers and picked up a win. At forty-nine years and zero months, he set a number of age-related records.

  • Appearance (as pitcher) - previously held by Shinji Hamazaki, forty-eight years and ten months, set on November 5, 1950
  • Start (as a pitcher) - previously held by Shinji Hamazaki, forty-eight years and ten months, set on  November 5, 1950
  • Win (as a starter) - previously held by Yamamoto, forty-eight years and zero months, set on August 28, 2013
  • Win (general) - previously held by Shinji Hamazaki, forty-eight years and four months, set on May 7, 1950
  • Strikeout (giving end) - previously held by Shinji Hamazaki, forty-eight years and ten months
  • Plate appearance

Source: NHK 9/5/2014, Daily Sports 9/5/2014, Sports Hochi 9/5/2014

Nikkan Sports posted his post-game hero interview:

This is your thirty-first year and at forty-nine years and twenty-five days, you became the oldest player in NPB history to record a victory. How do you feel?

I am very grateful to everyone.

Is there anyone in particular you'd like to say something to?

The farm system staff helped me get here. My family also provided support. I am grateful.

You got through a jam in the 1st inning.

I threw the ball not wanting to give the game away. I thought things might work out if I could hold them to one run, but I ended up doing alright [and got out of the inning without allowing any runs]. I've thrown off that mound a lot so I just did my best while keeping my cool. [Atsushi] Fujii picked up a hit at a really nice time and that went a long way.

You were going to set the record with a victory this year.

It's been tough, but I feel lucky being able to stand here now, like this.

What keeps you going?

I'm not really sure, but it isn't over yet, I still want to keep going. I'm stubborn, so I kept at it with hope. I wanted to do my best if given the opportunity. I'm glad, but it almost seems too good to be true.

Let me ask again, what keeps you going?

Maybe it's because I'm stubborn.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/5/2014

[UPDATE 9/6 @ 4:45pm]

Nikkan Sports has provided a slightly better list of record Yamamoto set on Friday:

General

  • Appearance - previously held by Shinji Hamazaki, forty-eight years and ten months, set on November 5, 1950

Pitcher

  • Game played, general - previously held by Shinji Hamazaki, forty-eight years and ten months, set on November 5, 1950
  • Game played, starter - previously held by Shinji Hamazaki, forty-eight years and ten months, set on November 5, 1950
  • Win, general - previously held by Shinji Hamazaki, forty-eight years and four months, set on May 7, 1950
  • Win, starter - previously held by Yamamoto, forty-eight years and zero months, set on August 28, 2013
  • Strikeout - previously held by Shinji Hamazaki, forty-eight years and ten months, set on November 5, 1950
  • Hit allowed - previously held by Shinji Hamazaki, forty-eight years and ten months, set on November 5, 1950
  • Walk - previously held by Shinji Hamazaki, forty-eight years and ten months, set on November 5, 1950

Hitter

  • Plate appearance - previously held by Shinji Hamazaki, forty-eight years and ten months, set on November 5, 1950

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/6/2014