|Born: November 10, 1974|
Nishio, Aichi, Japan
|April 2, 1999, for the Chunichi Dragons|
|Career statistics |
|Career highlights and awards|
|Last updated on: February 20, 2020|
|Olympic medal record|
|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, which resulted in a loss. In the semifinal round against the South Korean team, his pitch was hit by Seung-Yeop Lee, 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.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- Career statistics - NPB.jp
- Japanese league stats and info of Hitoki Iwase