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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
Chunichi Dragons – No. 13
Born: (1974-11-10) November 10, 1974 (age 44)
Nishio, Aichi, Japan
Bats: Left Throws: Left
NPB debut
April 2, 1999, for the Chunichi Dragons
Career statistics
(through 2018)
Games played1002
Career highlights and awards
Last updated on: November 10, 2016
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.


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