Hitoki Iwase (岩瀬 仁紀, born November 10, 1974) is a retired Japanese professional baseball player from Nishio, Aichi, Japan. He holds the NPB record for career saves and mound appearances.[1]

Hitoki Iwase
Iwase with the Chunichi Dragons
Born: (1974-11-10) November 10, 1974 (age 49)
Nishio, Aichi, Japan
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
NPB debut
April 2, 1999, for the Chunichi Dragons
Career statistics
(through 2018)
Earned run average2.31
Games played1,002
Career highlights and awards
Last updated on: February 20, 2020
Olympic medal record
Men's Baseball
Bronze medal – third place Athens 2004 Team Competition

In 2005, he marked 46 saves with a 1.88 ERA, renewing the single-season save record previously set by Kazuhiro Sasaki. This was subsequently broken by Dennis Sarfate of the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks in 2017.

He was chosen to play on the Japanese Olympic baseball team for the 2004 Summer Olympics, and won a bronze medal. In the 2007 Japan Series, he saved a perfect game with eight innings thrown by Daisuke Yamai.

In 2008, he was selected to play on the Japanese Olympic baseball team for the 2008 Summer Olympics. In group stage against South Korean Olympic baseball team, his pitch was hit by Kim Hyunsoo, which resulted in a loss. In the semifinal round against the South Korean team, his pitch was hit by Lee Seung-Yeop, leading to a two-run homerun. This again led to another loss. His overall performance in the 2008 Summer Olympics included three defeats and an ERA of 13.75.

References edit

  1. ^ "Dragons closer Hitoki Iwase formally announces plan to retire after season". October 2, 2018.

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