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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
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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
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[9/30/2015] Seibu Lions: Shogo Akiyama ties Matt Murton’s single season hit record

by on Sep.30, 2015 @ 11:39 pm, under NPB
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Shogo Akiyama had a big night tonight against the Orix Buffaloes. He went 5-for-5 (2B7, 3B8/9, BB, 2B7, 1B7, 2B9, BB) with four RBI and pushed his season hit total to 214. He tied two NPB records: Matt Murton's single season hit record and Tsuyoshi Nishioka's single season modasho record (twenty-seven).

Hits

Name JPN Name ENG Team Year Hits Games
秋山 翔吾 Akiyama, Shogo Seibu 2015 200/??? 131/???
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

Modashos (three or more hits in a game)

Name JPN Name ENG Team Year Modashos Games
秋山 翔吾 Akiyama, Shogo Seibu 2015 27 142
西岡 剛 Nishioka, Tsuyosh Lotte 2010 27 144
イチロー Suzuki, Ichiro Orix 1996 26 130
ラミレス Ramirez, Alex Yakult 2007 24 144
マートン Murton, Matt Hanshin 2010 24 144
前田 智徳 Maeda, Tomonori Hiroshima 1998 23 127
小笠原 道大 Ogasawara, Michihiro Nippon Ham 2001 23 140
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[9/13/2015] Seibu Lions: Shogo Akiyama collects 200th hit of the season

by on Sep.13, 2015 @ 4:07 pm, under NPB
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Shogo Akiyama collected his 200th hit of the season off Lotte's Hideaki Wakui in the 5th inning of today's game against the Chiba Lotte Marines at Seibu Prince Dome. The hit came in Akiyama's 131st game and 617th plate appearance of the year. He is the sixth player in NPB history to record 200 hits in one season.

Akiyama picked up another hit in the 7th and is currently sitting on 201 for the year.

Name JPN Name ENG Team Year Hits Games
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
秋山 翔吾 Akiyama, Shogo Seibu 2015 200/??? 131/???

Seibu has announced that they will be selling t-shirts (3,000 yen) and keychains (650 yen) to commemorate Akiyama's 200-hit season.

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Tsuyoshi Nishioka gets his 200 hits…

by on Sep.25, 2010 @ 2:33 pm, under NPB
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A little late in reporting, but Tsuyoshi Nishioka (LOT) collected his 200th hit off Chihiro Kaneko in the 4th inning.  Nishioka becomes the second player this season to record 200 hits.

UPDATE 5:02pm JST - Nishioka ended up going 3-for-4 for his 27th modasho of the year.  That breaks the single season record Ichiro's set in 1996.

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Matt Murton gets hit 200…

by on Sep.23, 2010 @ 5:03 pm, under NPB
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Matt Murton (HAN) just collected his 200th hit of the year.  It was a solo homer to lead-off the top of the 7th inning with Kazuki Yoshimi (CHU) on the mound.

In other 200-hit news:

Norichika Aoki (YAK) went 1-for-5 and now has 197 hits with 10 games remaining.

Tsuyoshi Nishioka (YAK) went 1-for-4 and now has 198 hits with 5 games remaining.

NPB countdown to 200 hits, September 21 update

by on Sep.21, 2010 @ 11:00 am, under NPB
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On September 2nd, Tsuyoshi Nishioka (LOT) was batting .328 and was on track to finish the season with a 196 hits.  Since then, he's gone on a bit of a tear and went 28-for-63 (.444) and is now on track to finish the season with 204 hits.  An impressive push from Nishioka down the stretch.

Note: this isn't to take anything away from Matt Murton or Norichika Aoki.  They have also increased their hit rates since September 2nd -- Murton went from batting .343 to .352 and Aoki from .350 to .358.

I think it's also safe to say that at this point, Munenori Kawasaki is out of the running.

The numbers:

Player G PA AB H GR AB/G Last 10
Games
Norichika Aoki 131 610 534 191 13 4.1 16-for-36
Matt Murton 131 608 560 197 13 4.3 19-for-42
Tsuyoshi Nishioka 137 660 569 194 7 4.2 19-for-42
Kensuke Tanaka 137 634 550 186 6 4.0 11-for-38
Munenori Kawasaki 141 648 588 184 3 4.2 9-for-41

The estimates:

Player Estimated
At Bats
Hits
Needed
Needs to bat
at least
Norichika Aoki 53 9 .1698
Matt Murton 56 3 .0540
Tsuyoshi Nishioka 29 6 .2064
Kensuke Tanaka 24 14 .5812
Munenori Kawasaki 13 16 --

Based on the current rates:

Player Current
AVG
Estimated
Hits
Estimated
H Total
Norichika Aoki .3577 19 210
Matt Murton .3518 20 217
Tsuyoshi Nishioka .3409 10 204
Kensuke Tanaka .3382 8 194
Munenori Kawasaki .3129 4 188
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NPB countdown to 200 hits, September 17 update

by on Sep.17, 2010 @ 9:03 pm, under NPB
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The numbers:

Player G PA AB H GR AB/G Last 10
Games
Norichika Aoki 128 598 524 187 16 4.1 18-for-41
Matt Murton 128 594 546 191 16 4.3 19-for-40
Kensuke Tanaka 134 622 539 181 9 4.0 10-for-39
Tsuyoshi Nishioka 134 643 556 186 10 4.1 15-for-43
Munenori Kawasaki 138 633 574 182 6 4.2 11-for-41

The estimates:

Player Estimated
At Bats
Hits
Needed
Needs to bat
at least
Norichika Aoki 66 13 .1985
Matt Murton 68 9 .1319
Kensuke Tanaka 36 19 .5248
Tsuyoshi Nishioka 41 14 .3374
Munenori Kawasaki 25 18 .7213

Based on the current rates:

Player Current
AVG
Estimated
Hits
Estimated
H Total
Norichika Aoki .3569 23 210
Matt Murton .3498 24 215
Kensuke Tanaka .3358 12 193
Tsuyoshi Nishioka .3345 14 200
Munenori Kawasaki .3171 8 190
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NPB countdown to 200 hits, September 13 update

by on Sep.13, 2010 @ 9:47 pm, under NPB
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The numbers:

Player G PA AB H GR AB/G Last 10
Games
Norichika Aoki 125 585 513 183 19 4.1 20-for-44
Matt Murton 125 580 535 184 19 4.3 14-for-40
Kensuke Tanaka 131 609 529 178 12 4.0 11-for-42
Tsuyoshi Nishioka 131 627 541 181 13 4.1 19-for-41
Munenori Kawasaki 135 619 561 181 9 4.2 15-for-39

The estimates:

Player Estimated
At Bats
Hits
Needed
Needs to bat
at least
Norichika Aoki 78 17 .2180
Matt Murton 81 16 .1968
Kensuke Tanaka 48 22 .4540
Tsuyoshi Nishioka 54 19 .3539
Munenori Kawasaki 37 19 .5080

Based on the current rates:

Player Current
AVG
Estimated
Hits
Estimated
H Total
Norichika Aoki .3566 28 211
Matt Murton .3439 28 212
Kensuke Tanaka .3365 16 194
Tsuyoshi Nishioka .3346 18 199
Munenori Kawasaki .3226 12 193
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NPB countdown to 200 hits, September 10 update

by on Sep.10, 2010 @ 3:04 pm, under NPB
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The numbers:

Player G PA AB H GR AB/G
Norichika Aoki 122 572 502 178 22 4.1
Matt Murton 122 567 522 178 22 4.3
Kensuke Tanaka 128 595 517 176 15 4.0
Tsuyoshi Nishioka 128 614 530 177 16 4.1
Munenori Kawasaki 132 605 549 175 12 4.2

The estimates:

Player Estimated
At Bats
Hits
Needed
Needs to bat
at least
Last 10
Games
Norichika Aoki 91 22 .2430 17-for-43
Matt Murton 94 22 .2337 17-for-41
Kensuke Tanaka 61 24 .3961 14-for-41
Tsuyoshi Nishioka 66 23 .3472 18-for-41
Munenori Kawasaki 50 25 .5009 12-for-38

Based on the current rates:

Player Current
AVG
Estimated
Hits
Estimated
H Total
Norichika Aoki .3546 32 210
Matt Murton .3410 32 210
Kensuke Tanaka .3404 21 197
Tsuyoshi Nishioka .3340 22 199
Munenori Kawasaki .3188 16 191
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NPB countdown to 200 hits, September 6 update

by on Sep.06, 2010 @ 5:13 pm, under NPB
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I've added Kensuke Tanaka, Tsuyoshi Nishioka, Munenori Kawasaki back into the mix, as per Steve's suggestion.

The numbers:

Player G PA AB H GR AB/G
Matt Murton 119 554 510 175 25 4.3
Norichika Aoki 120 563 493 174 24 4.1
Kensuke Tanaka 125 581 504 174 18 4.0
Tsuyoshi Nishioka 126 605 522 173 18 4.1
Munenori Kawasaki 129 592 538 172 15 4.2

The estimates:

Player Estimated
At Bats
Hits
Needed
Needs to bat
at least
Matt Murton 108 25 .231
Norichika Aoki 98 26 .265
Kensuke Tanaka 72 26 .361
Tsuyoshi Nishioka 74 27 .365
Munenori Kawasaki 63 28 .444

Based on the current rates:

Player Current
AVG
Estimated
Hits
Estimated
H Total
Matt Murton .3431 37 212
Norichika Aoki .3529 35 209
Kensuke Tanaka .3452 25 199
Tsuyoshi Nishioka .3314 25 198
Munenori Kawasaki .3197 20 192

Murton and Aoki are still in good shape. Tanaka and Nishioka still have a decent shot, but a few of 0fers could derail them. And at this point, it seems like Kawasaki is more of less out of the running.

Incidentally, since 8/1:

Player 0-hits 2-hits Modasho Current
Streak
Matt Murton 7 10 5 1
Norichika Aoki 4 12 5 6
Kensuke Tanaka 5 6 4 1
Tsuyoshi Nishioka 11 7 6 1
Munenori Kawasaki 5 4 4 2
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