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Hisashi Yamada (山田 久志, Yamada Hisashi, born July 29, 1948 in Noshiro, Akita Prefecture, Japan) is a retired Japanese professional baseball submarine pitcher. He played with the Hankyu Braves in Nippon Professional Baseball from 1969 to 1988.

Hisashi Yamada
山田 久志
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Hisashi Yamada at Bs SQUARE Open, Kyosera Dome, Osaka, March 7, 2014
Born: (1948-07-29) July 29, 1948 (age 70)
Noshiro, Akita Prefecture, Japan
Batted: Right Threw: Right
NPB debut
1969, for the Hankyu Braves
Last appearance
1988, for the Hankyu Braves
NPB statistics
As player
As coach
As manager
Career highlights and awards
Member of the Japanese
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Yamada won the Pacific League MVP for three years in a row (1976 to 1978), sharing a record with Ichiro Suzuki (1994–1996) for the most consecutive awards won. In addition, Yamade won the Japan Series MVP in 1977. He won 20 or more games four times in his career, including notching 26 victories in 1976. Yamada twice won the Pacific League earned run average championship, with marks of 2.37 in 1971 and 2.28 in 1977.

As manager of the Chunichi Dragons in 1999, he led the team to the Central League pennant.

He was inducted into the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame in 2006.[1]

In 2009, Yamada served as a coach for the Japanese team in the World Baseball Classic.

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  1. ^ "Baseball: Kadota, Yamada, 3 others inducted into Hall of Fame". 2006-01-10. Retrieved 2009-01-27.

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