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[7/19/2015] Mazda All-Star Series 2015: News and Notes

by on Jul.20, 2015 @ 10:26 am, under NPB

Notes from July 18 and 19:

  • At nineteen years and eleven months, Seibu's Tomoya Mori became just the second player under twenty in NPB history to hit a home run during an All-Star game. The other was former Seibu Lion Kazuhiro Kiyohara (eighteen years and eleven months in 1986, Game 2 and nineteen years and eleven months in 1987, Game 3. Mori recorded the home run as a pinch-hitter. It was the thirty-seventh pitch-hit home run during an All-Star game (set by thirty-four different players), first since Takeshi Yamasaki in 2010 (Game 1). Mori became the youngest of the thirty-four players. The previous record of twenty-two years and seven months was set by Akinobu Okada in 1980 (Game 1).
  • Seibu's Shogo Akiyama notched his first All-Star hit on July 18, a home run off Yokohama's Kenjiro Tanaka in the 5th.
  • Nineteen Seibu players have hit forty-two home runs during All-Star games.
  • At forty years and five months, Hiroshima's Hiroki Kuroda became the fifth pitcher over forty to pitch in an All-Star game, first since Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi in 2008 (Game 1). The record of forty-two years and two months was set by Kimiyasu Kudo in 2005 (Game 2). Kuroda is just the second pitcher over forty to start an All-Star game. The other was Yutaka Ono in 1997 (Game 1). He set a new record for strikeouts by a pitcher over forty with three. The previous record of two was set by Kudo in 2004 and 2005.
  • Hiroshima's Kenta Maeda threw thirty-eight pitches, all fastballs. He has recorded All-Star victories in 2010 (Game 1), 2012 (Game 2), 2014 (Game 1), and 2015 (Game 2).
  • Tsubasa Aizawa's home run in Game 2 was the the thirty-third home run hit by a Hiroshima player during an All-Star game, first since Shota Dobayashi in 2014 (Game 2). It was the first by a Hiroshima catcher and the eighth by a player that batted ninth in the starting line-up (first since Masahiro Araki in 2011, Game 1).
  • Yomiuri's Tatsunori Hara is 8-4-3 during All-Star games as manager. The eight wins is good for a tie with Katsuya Nomura for sixth on the all-time list. Kazuto Tsuruoka sits atop the list with seventeen managerial All-Star victories.

Source: Daily Sports 7/18/2015, Sponichi 7/18/2015, Sponichi 7/19/2015, Sponichi 7/19/2015, Sponichi 7/19/2015, Nikkan Sports 7/18/2015, Nikkan Sports 7/18/2015, Nikkan Sports 7/19/2015, Nikkan Sports 7/19/2015, Nikkan Sports 7/19/2015, Sanspo 7/19/2015, Sanspo 7/19/2015