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Shota Takeda (武田 翔太, Takeda Shota, born April 3, 1993) is a Japanese professional baseball pitcher for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks in Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball.

Shota Takeda
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Takeda with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks
Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks – No. 18
Pitcher
Born: (1993-04-03) April 3, 1993 (age 26)
Miyazaki, Miyazaki, Japan
Bats: Right Throws: Right
NPB debut
July 7, 2012, for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks
NPB statistics
(through 2019 season)
Win–loss record57-38
Earned run average3.30
Holds9
Saves2
Strikeouts690
Teams
Career highlights and awards
Medal record
Men's baseball
Representing  Japan
2015 WBSC Premier12
Bronze medal – third place 2015 Tokyo Team
2017 World Baseball Classic
Bronze medal – third place 2017 Team

Professional careerEdit

On October 27, 2011, Takeda was drafted by the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks first overall pick in the 2011 Nippon Professional Baseball draft.[1]

On July 7, 2012, Takeda pitched his debut game against the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters as a starting pitcher, and won the game for the first time in the Pacific League. [2] In 2012 season, he finished the regular season with a 11 Games pitched, a 8–1 Win–loss record, a 1.07 ERA, a 67 strikeouts in 67 innings. On November 20, he was honored with the 2011 Pacific League Excellent rookie award.[3]

In 2013 season, Takeda finished the regular season with a 17 Games pitched, a 4–4 Win–loss record, a 3.48 ERA, a 56 strikeouts in 93 innings.

In 2014 season, Takeda developed pain in the right shoulder during spring camp and spent half a year in rehabilitation. On August 6, he made a comeback and pitched against the Saitama Seibu Lions.[4] He finished the regular season with a 7 Games pitched, a 3–3 Win–loss record, a 1.87 ERA, a 43 strikeouts in 43 1/3 innings. On October 26, he pitched against the Hanshin Tigers as a starting pitcher, and won the game for the first time in the Japan Series. And he was honored with the 2014 Japan Series Excellent Player Award.[5]

On November 7, Takeda was selected as the Japan national baseball team for 2014 MLB Japan All-Star Series.[6] And on November 20, he pitched against the MLB All-Stars as a starting pitcher, and won the game for the first time in the MLB Japan All-Star Series.[7]

In 2015 season, Takeda finished the regular season with a 25 Games pitched, a 13–6 Win–loss record, a 3.17 ERA, a 163 strikeouts in 164 2/3 innings. On October 24, he pitched against the Tokyo Yakult Swallows as a starting pitcher, and won the game in the 2015 Japan Series. And he was honored with the 2015 Japan Series Excellent Player Award.[8]

On October 9, Takeda was selected as the Japan national baseball team for 2015 WBSC Premier12.[9]

In 2016 season, Takeda finished the regular season with a 27 Games pitched, a 14–8 Win–loss record, a 2.95 ERA, a 144 strikeouts in 183 innings.

On February 4, 2017, Takeda was selected as the Japan national baseball team for 2017 World Baseball Classic.[10] On April 14, he developed inflammation of the right shoulder and spent rehabilitation until summer.[11] In 2017 season, he finished the regular season with a 13 Games pitched, a 6–4 Win–loss record, a 3.68 ERA, a 60 strikeouts in 71 innings. On October 31, he pitched against the Yokohama DeNA BayStars as a starting pitcher in the 2017 Japan Series.

In 2018 season, Takeda finished the regular season with a 27 Games pitched, a 4–9 Win–loss record, a 4.48 ERA, a one Saves, a 87 strikeouts in 124 2/3 innings. And he pitched as a relief pitcher against the Hiroshima Toyo Carp in the 2018 Japan Series.

In 2019 season, Takeda finished the regular season with a 32 Games pitched, a 5–3 Win–loss record, a 4.55 ERA, a one Saves, a 9 Holds, a 70 strikeouts in 83 innings. And he was selected as the Japan Series roster in the 2019 Japan Series.[12]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Fukuoka Softbank Hawks Official site news (Japanese) 2011/10/28(金) 球団 ドラフト会議で高校生No.1の武田投手ら12人を指名!武田投手「やるからには頂上を!」と早くも意気込み". Fukuoka Softbank Hawks Official site (in Japanese). October 28, 2011. Retrieved October 11, 2019.
  2. ^ "Sports Nippon baseball news (Japanese) 武田 高卒ルーキー初登板初勝利は2年ぶり17人目". Sports Nippon (in Japanese). July 8, 2012. Retrieved November 29, 2019.
  3. ^ "Sports Nippon baseball news (Japanese) ソフトバンク 武田に優秀新人賞 パが特別表彰". Sports Nippon (in Japanese). November 20, 2012. Retrieved November 29, 2019.
  4. ^ "Nikkan Sports baseball news (Japanese) ソフトバンク武田復活の今季初登板初勝利". Nikkan Sports (in Japanese). August 7, 2014. Retrieved November 29, 2019.
  5. ^ "Nippon Professional Baseball (Japanese) SMBC日本シリーズ2014 表彰選手 優秀選手賞". NPB.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved November 29, 2019.
  6. ^ "Nikkan Sports baseball news (Japanese) ソフトB武田「侍」招集 魔球で米斬る". Nikkan Sports (in Japanese). November 7, 2014. Retrieved November 29, 2019.
  7. ^ "Nikkan Sports baseball news (Japanese) 侍武田3回1失点「リズムが悪かった」". Nikkan Sports (in Japanese). November 20, 2014. Retrieved November 29, 2019.
  8. ^ "Nippon Professional Baseball (Japanese) SMBC日本シリーズ2015 表彰選手 優秀選手賞". NPB.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved November 29, 2019.
  9. ^ "Japan national baseball team Official site news (Japanese) 選手発表「WBSC プレミア12」侍ジャパントップチーム最終ロースター28名発表!!". Japan national baseball team Official site (in Japanese). October 9, 2015. Retrieved October 11, 2019.
  10. ^ "Fukuoka Softbank Hawks Official site news (Japanese) 2017/02/04(土) 選手 武田投手がWBC出場の侍ジャパンに追加招集". Fukuoka Softbank Hawks Official site (in Japanese). February 4, 2017. Retrieved October 11, 2019.
  11. ^ "Nishinippon Shimbun baseball news (Japanese) 武田は右肩炎症 「蓄積疲労みたいなもの。しっかりリハビリする」". Nishinippon Shimbun (in Japanese). April 14, 2017. Retrieved November 28, 2019.
  12. ^ "Nippon Professional Baseball (Japanese) SMBC日本シリーズ2019 出場資格者名簿(福岡ソフトバンクホークス)". NPB.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved November 28, 2019.

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