Hitoki Iwase

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
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Iwase with the Chunichi Dragons
Pitcher
Born: (1974-11-10) November 10, 1974 (age 46)
Nishio, Aichi, Japan
Bats: Left Throws: Left
NPB debut
April 2, 1999, for the Chunichi Dragons
Career statistics
(through 2018)
Win-Loss59–51
ERA2.23
Games played1002
Saves407
Strikeouts840
Teams
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 Hyunsoo Kim, making him lost in the match. In semifinal against South Korean team as well, his pitch was hit by Seung-Yeop Lee which was led to two-run home run, making him lost again in the match. His overall performance in 2008 Summer Olympics was 3 defeats and ERA 13.75.

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