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[10/1/2015] Seibu Lions: Shogo Akiyama sets new NPB record for hits in a season

by on Oct.01, 2015 @ 8:35 pm, under NPB

Shogo Akiyama set a new NPB record in tonight's game against Orix by recording his 215th hit of the year. The milestone hit came in the top of the 6th inning off Bryan Bullington with the bases empty and one out.

As of this post, the game is still in the bottom of the 8th. Akiyama will be the first batter up in the 9th.

[UPDATE @ 9:15pm]

Akiyama picked up another hit in the 9th: he led off the inning with a triple to left-center.

With the game now over, Akiyama finished the season with 216 hits.

[UPDATE 10/2 @ 7:41am]

Of the 215 hits Akiyama recorded this season, eighteen were infield hits. Matt Murton recorded nineteen in 2010 and Ichiro thirty-three in 1994.

Akiyama told reporters he received a congratulatory e-mail from Murton after he went 5-for-5 on September 30.

Akiyama wrote in a kindergarten graduation essay that he wanted to become a baseball player and record hits like Ichiro.

Source: Sponichi 10/1/2015, Daily Sports 10/1/2015, Sports Hochi 10/1/2015

Hits

Name JPN Name ENG Team Year Hits Games
秋山 翔吾 Akiyama, Shogo Seibu 2015 200/216 131/143
マートン Murton, Matt Hanshin 2010 200/214 134/144
イチロー Suzuki, Ichiro Orix 1994 200/210 122/130
青木 宣親 Aoki, Norichika Yakult 2007 200/209 136/144
西岡 剛 Nishioka, Tsuyoshi Lotte 2010 200/206 140/144
ラミレス Ramirez, Alex Yakult 2007 200/204 139/144
青木 宣親 Aoki, Norichika Yakult 2005 200/202 143/144