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Kento Tsujimoto gets a minor league contract from the NY Mets

by on Mar.05, 2011 @ 12:18 pm, under MLB
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Kento Tsujimoto has been working out in Arizona.  On Thursday (3/3, US time), Tsujimoto found some relief when he finally received a minor league contract from the NY Mets.

Said Tsujimoto, "I finally got the contract.  I'm flat out happy."

Tsujimoto struggled to make it with the Hanshin Tigers and spent a full season playing for the  Na Koa Ikaika Maui last season.  He also spent some time trying to figure out what he needed to do in order to gain the attention of MLB clubs.

"I realized I couldn't accomplish anything more by throwing overhand," said Tsujimoto.  "It's not like I'm all that tall either.  And I don't exactly throw hard.  So in order to get the scouts to take a look, I dropped my arm angle."

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Kento Tsujimoto to sign a minor league deal with the New York Mets (also includes career stats)

Kento Tsujimoto to sign a minor league deal with the New York Mets

by on Feb.09, 2011 @ 11:24 am, under MLB
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According to Nikkan Sports, Kento Tsujimoto will be signing a minor league deal with the New York Mets.  Tsujimoto apparently received word of the news just as he was about to head to Florida for tryouts with a number of other teams like the New York Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals, and Detroit Tigers.

Since the end of the 2010 season, Tsujimoto had been working out in Arizona and Hawaii (where's he's currently living) and taking tryouts with various teams.  He'll now head out to Arizona to continue his workouts.

Tsujimoto spent a number of years with the Hanshin Tigers (2005-2009) but never quite made it with the team.  He spent 2010 playing for the independent league team the Na Koa Ikaika Maui.

Incidentally, in 2006, Tsujimoto didn't get any playing time because the team wanted him to focus on building up his body.  In 2009, he started the season with a stress fracture in his 5th lumbar vertebra and never really got another chance.  He was then given his official release on 10/30/2009.

Career Stats

YR TM W L IP R ER H BB HBP WP SO BF G GS GF CG SHO SV HR ERA
2005 HAN Ni-gun 0 1 6.1 8 8 11 3 2 0 1 34 5 0 0 0 2 11.37
2006 HAN Ni-gun Did not play
2007 HAN Ni-gun 0 0 8.1 3 3 11 2 1 0 6 39 9 0 0 0 1 3.24
2008 HAN Ni-gun 0 0 12.1 5 5 11 3 1 8 0 50 11 0 0 0 3 3.65
2009 HAN Ni-gun Did not play
2010 Na Koa Ikaika Maui 3 2 34.1 14 11 33 15 2 0 48 152 32 0 8 0 0 2 3 2.88
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9/8/2010: Ichiro Suzuki, Hideki Matsui, Kosuke Fukudome

by on Sep.08, 2010 @ 3:31 pm, under MLB
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Games from the 7th:

Mariners 7 - Athletics 5
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted first.  He went 2-for-5: ground out to second, RBI single to left, ground out to the pitcher, ground out to second, infield single.

Ichiro has hit safely in 9 straight games.

Count down to 200: 23 games remaining, 19 more hits needed.

Indians 6 - Angels 1
Hideki Matsui was the starting DH and batted fifth.  He went 2-for-4: strikeout swinging, fly out to left, single to right, single to center.

Rays 14 - Red Sox 5
Daisuke Matsuzaka started the game and gave up a season high 8 runs over 4.2 innings of work for the loss.  Matsuzaka is now 9-5 on the year.  Final line: 4.2 IP, 27 BF, 8 H, 4 SO, 4 BB, 8 R, 8 ER.

Astros 7 - Cubs 3
Kosuke Fukudome started the game in right and batted first.  He went 2-for-4: double to left-center, single to center, walks, fly out to second, ground out to second.

This was Fukudome's 24th multi-hit game of the year.

Mets 4 - Nationals 1
Hisanori Takahashi entered the game in the 9th and tossed a shutout inning for his 4th save of the year.  Final line: 1 IP, 4 BF, 2 H, 1 SO, 0 BB, 0 R, 0 ER.

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Kento Tsujimoto gave up an unearned run in 0.2 innings of work (entered the game in the top of the 9th with runners on first and second and 1 out) against the Orange County Flyers on the 6th and got the win in relief.

The game on the 6th marked the end of the regular season for the Maui Na Koa Ikaika.

Tsujimoto's final numbers:

W L ERA G GS ShO SV IP BF SO BB H
3 2 2.88 32 0 0 2 34.1 152 48 13 33
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9/5/2010: Ichiro Suzuki, Hideki Matsui, Kazuo Matsui

by on Sep.05, 2010 @ 11:19 pm, under MLB
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Games from the 4th:

Indians 4 - Mariners 2
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted first.  He went 2-for-5: strikeout swinging, ground out to short, single to center, RBI single to left, ground out to first.

Ichiro has hit safely in 6 straight games.

Count down to 200: 26 games remaining, 24 more hits needed.

Athletics 3 - Angels 1
Hideki Matsui was the starting DH and batted fifth.  He went 0-for-3: ground out to second, fly out to center, walk, fly out to right.

White Sox 3 - Red Sox 1
Hideki Okajima entered the game in the 9th, with the Red Sox down 3-1, and tossed a shutout inning in relief.  Final line: 1 IP, 4 BF, 1 H, 1 SO, 0 BB, 0 R, 0 ER.

Orioles 8 - Rays 4
Koji Uehara entered the game in the 9th, with the Orioles up 8-2, and gave up 2 runs on two solo homers in an inning of relief.  Final line: 1 IP, 5 BF, 2 H, 0 SO, 0 BB, 2 R, 2 ER.

Cubs 5 - Mets 1
Kosuke Fukudome started in right and batted first.  He went 1-for-5: fly out to center, ground out to second, fly out to left, ground out to first, single to center.

Fukudome also attempted to lay down a sac bunt twice in his at bat in the 8th and failed to do so.  He did end up getting a single, but he apparently wasn't satisfied that he couldn't lay down the bunt.

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Kazuo Matsui went 2-for-5 with a strikeout and 2 runs scored against the triple-A Sacramento River Cats on the 4th.  Matsui started at second and batted first.

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Akinori Iwamura went 1-for-3 with a walk, a double, a strikeout, and a run scored against the triple-A Louisville Bats on the 4th.  Iwamura started at third and batted second.

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Kenshin Kawakami doesn't know when his next start / appearance will be since it mostly depends on the status of Derek Lowe.

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Kento Tsujimoto was brought in to get the final out of the 7th inning against the Orange County Flyers on the 3rd and struck out the one batter he faced.  Final line: 1 BF, 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO.

Tsujimoto also tossed two shutout innings (7th and 8th) of relief against the Orange County Flyers on the 4th.  Final line: 8 BF, 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO.

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9/3/2010: Ichiro Suzuki, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Hisanori Takahashi

by on Sep.03, 2010 @ 2:29 pm, under MLB
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Games from the 2nd:

Mariners - Indians
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted first.  He went 2-for-4: infield single, double to right-center, strikeout swinging, strikeout swinging.

Count down to 200: 28 games remaining, 27 more hits needed.

Red Sox 6 - Orioles 4
Daisuke Matsuzaka started the game and gave up 4 runs over 5.2 innings of work for the win.  Matsuzaka is now 9-4 on the year.  Final line: 5.2 IP, 24 BF, 6 H, 6 SO, 1 BB, 4 R, 4 ER.

Matsuzaka also topped out at 96mph (about 154km/h).

Hideki Okajima entered the game in the 8th with 2 outs and the Red Sox up 6-4 and retired the one batter he was brought in to face. Final line: 0.1 IP, 1 BF, 0 H, 0 SO, 0 BB, 0 R, 0 ER.

Mets 4 - Braves 2
Hisanori Takahashi entered the game in the 9th, with the Mets up 4-2, and tossed a shutout inning in relief for his 3rd save of the year.  Final line: 1 IP, 4 BF, 1 H, 1 SO, 0 BB, 0 R, 0 ER.

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Kei Igawa started a triple-A game against the Buffalo Bisons on the 2nd and tossed 6.1 innings of shutout ball for his 3rd win of the year.  Igawa is now 3-4.  Final line: 94-65 NP-S, 25 BF, 6.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO, 0 HR.

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Kazuo Matsui went 1-for-4 with 2 runs scored and a strikeout against the triple-A Tacoma Rainiers on the 2nd.  Matsui started at second and batted first.

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Akinori Iwamura went 2-for-3 with 2 walks, a double, 2 runs scored, and a strikeout against the triple-A Louisville Bats on the 2nd.  Iwamura started at third and batted second.

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Seems there's a chance Hisanori Takahashi might be moving on to another team in order to secure a better chance at starting. (NY Times)

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Kento Tsujimoto tossed a shutout inning in relief (9th inning) against the Orange County Flyers on the 1st.  Final line: 3 BF, 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO.

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9/2/2010: Hideki Matsui, Ichiro Suzuki, Kosuke Fukudome

by on Sep.02, 2010 @ 2:47 pm, under MLB
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Games from the 1st:

Angels 5 - Mariners 2
Hideki Matsui was the starting DH and batted seventh.  He went 1-for-2: walk, ground out to short, 2-run homer.

Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted first.  He went 2-for-5: strikeout swinging, ground out to third, single to center, infield single, fly out to left.

Count down to 200: 29 games remaining, 29 more hits needed.

Cubs 5 - Pirates 3
Kosuke Fukudome started in right and batted third.  He went 3-for-3: walk, RBI double to left-center, single to center, double to left-center.

This was Fukudome's 23rd multi-hit game of the year.

Braves 4  - Mets 1
Hisanori Takahashi entered the game in the 8th, with the Mets down 4-1, and tossed a shutout inning in relief.  Final line: 1 IP, 4 BF, 0 H, 0 SO, 1 BB, 0 R, 0 ER.

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Kazuo Matsui went 1-for-6 with a double, a run scored, an RBI, and a strikeout against the triple-A Tacoma Rainiers on the 1st.  Matsui started at second and batted first.

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Akinori Iwamura went 0-for-4 against the triple-A Columbus Clippers on the 1st.  Iwamura started at third and batted second.

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It seems Kenshin Kawakami's next MLB start will be on the 3rd against the Marlins.  Derek Lowe was supposed to get that start but was scratched due to discomfort in his right elbow.

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Kento Tsujimoto entered the game in the top of the 6th with the bases loaded and 2 out against the Orange County Flyers on the 31st and got out of the jam with a strikeout.  That was the only batter he faced in the game.  Final line: 1 BF, 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO.

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8/29/2010: Kosuke Fukudome, Kei Igawa, Akinori Iwamura

by on Aug.29, 2010 @ 3:31 pm, under MLB
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Games from the 28th:

Twins 1 - Mariners 0
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted first.  He went 0-for-4: ground out to second, ground out to third, ground out to first, strikeout swinging.

Ichiro's 10-game winning streak came to an end.

Count down to 200: 33 games remaining, 35 more hits needed.

Orioles 5 - Angels 0
Hideki Matsui was the starting DH and batted fifth.  He went 0-for-4: ground out to short, fly out to center, strikeout swinging, line out to right.

Cubs 3 - Reds 2
Kosuke Fukudome started in right and batted seventh.  He went 2-for-3: fly out to right, 2-run homer to right, single to right.

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Kei Igawa started a game against the triple-A Buffalo Bisons on the 28th and gave up 4 run (all earned) over 6.2 innings of work for his second loss of the year.  Igawa is now 2-4 on the year.  Final line: 95-64 NP-S, 26 BF, 6.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 10 SO, 1 HR.

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Kazuo Matsui went 1-for-4 with a run scored against the triple-A Salt Lake Bees on the 28th.  Matsui started at second and batted first.

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Akinori Iwamura went 1-for-4 with two runs scored, a walk, and two strikeouts against the triple-A Columbus Clippers on the 28th.  Iwamura started at third and batted second.

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Hideki Okajima was activated prior to the start of the Rays game on the 28th.

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Kento Tsujimoto gave up 2 runs (both earned) over 2.2 innings of work in relief (he entered the game in the 6th with runners on first and second and no out and left the game in the 8th with a runner on first and 2 out) against the Yuma Scorpions on the 28th.  Tsujimoto took the loss and is now 2-2 on the year.  Final line: 11 BF, 2.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO.

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8/24/2010: Hideki Matsui, Ichiro Suzuki, Kosuke Fukudome

by on Aug.24, 2010 @ 3:59 pm, under MLB
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Games from the 23rd:

Rays 4 - Angels 3
Hideki Matsui was the starting DH and batted fifth.  He went 1-for-4: strike out swinging (reached based on dropped third strike), 2-run double to center, strikeout swinging, fly out to center.

Red Sox 6 - Mariners 3
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted first.  He went 1-for-3: strikeout swinging, intentional walk, single to left, ground out to second.

Count down to 200: 37 games remaining, 39 more hits needed.

Cubs 9 - Nationals 1
Kosuke Fukudome entered the game in the 3rd for Marlon Byrd, who was hit by a pitch and taken out of the game as a precaution.  He went 2-for-4: single to right, ground out to second, RBI single to center, foul out to third.

This was Fukudome's 21st multi-hit game of the year.

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Hideki Okajima lasted just 0.1 innings against the triple-A Buffalo Bisons on the 23rd and gave up 4 runs on 4 hits (including a 2-run homer).  Final line: 16-13 NP-S, 5 BF, 0.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 1 HR.

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Kazuo Matsui went 1-for-5 with a run scored and a strikeout against the triple-A Fresno Grizzlies on the 23rd.  Matsui started at second and batted first.

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Akinori Iwamura was used as a pinch-hitter (for the pitcher) against the triple-A Louisville Bats on the 23rd.  Iwamura entered the game in the 8th and struck out looking.

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Kento Tsujimoto tossed 1.1 innings of relief (6th with a runner on first two outs and the 7th) against the Orange County Flyers on the 22nd and gave up 2 runs (both earned).  Final line: 8 BF, 1.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO.

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Kento Tsujimoto to return to NPB?

by on Aug.23, 2010 @ 3:47 pm, under Other
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It appears Kento Tsujimoto will consider returning to the NPB next year if there are teams interested in him. Said Tsujimoto, "This is the first time I've played in so many games in my life. I'm having a great time because I'm able to play baseball. ... I want to play in a tougher league and will go anywhere that'll have me. I'll also consider Japan if I get an offer."

2010 GBL Stats (Maui Na Koa Ikaika)

W L ERA G GS SHO SV IP SO BB H
2 1 3.29 26 0 0 2 27.1 38 10 28
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8/21/2010: Ichiro Suzuki, Kosuke Fukudome, Akinori Iwamura

by on Aug.21, 2010 @ 2:01 pm, under MLB
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Games from the 20th:

Mariners 6 - Yankees 0
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted first.  He went 2-for-4: single to center, single to center, RBI ground out to short, walk, ground out to second.

According to Nikkan Sports, Ichiro is currently on pace to finish the season with 207 hits.

Braves 5 - Cubs 3
Kosuke Fukudome started in right and batted first.  He went 2-for-4: single to center, line out to right, line out to first, double to left.

This was Fukudome's 19th multi-hit game of the year.

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Kazuo Matsui went 0-for-4 with a strikeout against the triple-A Nashville Sounds on the 20th.  Matsui started at second and batted first.

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Akinori Iwamura went 1-for-4 with a strikeout against the triple-A Toledo Mud Hens on the 20th.  Iwamura started at third and batted second.

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Seems Kenshin Kawakami could return to the MLB roster either on 9/1 or 9/2.

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Mac Suzuki started a game against the Edmonton Capitals on the 20th and gave up 3 runs (2 earned) over 6 innings of work for his first loss of the season.  Suzuki is now 1-1 on the year.  Final line: 25 BF, 6 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 1 SO.

Kent Tsujimoto tossed a shutout inning (8th inning) in relief against the Chico Outlaws on the 20th.  Final line: 5 BF, 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO.

Eri Yoshida started the game for the Outlaws on the 20th and gave up 4 runs over 3.2 innings for his 4th loss of the year.

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