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Takahiko Sato (佐藤 隆彦, Satō Takahiko, born August 9, 1978, in Ichikawa, Chiba, Japan), also known as G. G. Sato, is a former professional player for the Philadelphia Phillies organization, Saitama Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines, and Fortitudo Baseball Bologna.

G. G. Sato
Takahiko Sato European Cup 2012.jpg
Catcher / Outfielder
Born: (1978-08-09) August 9, 1978 (age 40)
Ichikawa, Chiba, Japan
Batted: Right Threw: Right
NPB debut
March 30, 2004, for the Seibu Lions
Last NPB appearance
October 8, 2013, for the Chiba Lotte Marines
NPB statistics
(through 2013 season)
Batting average.278
Hits495
RBIs267
Teams
Career highlights and awards
2008 NPL All-Star

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CareerEdit

Sato began his professional career signing with the Philadelphia Phillies organization in 2000 [1] before making his on field debut for the Batavia Muckdogs of Minor League Baseball in 2001 hitting .261 with 4 home runs and 21 RBI's. In 2002 he played again in Batavia as well as the Gulf Coast League. He was promoted to the Lakewood BlueClaws for the 2003 season and hit .247 with 6 home runs and 42 RBI's.[2]

Sato was selected in the seventh round by the Saitama Seibu Lions in 2003 draft upon returning to Japan, where he would play from 2004 until 2011.

Sato briefly played in Fortitudo Baseball Bologna in the Italian Baseball League in 2012 as well as Chiba Lotte Marines in 2013.

International careerEdit

PersonalEdit

Sato got his nickname G. G. while at Hosei University because it was thought he had an old man's face. [1] Sato worked as a security guard upon returning to Japan in 2003 before trying out for the Lions.[4] He now works for his father's company, Travers, in Japan.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b http://japanesebaseball.com/writers/display.gsp?id=17214
  2. ^ http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/profile.asp?P=G.G-Sato
  3. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Takahiko Sato". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC.
  4. ^ a b https://leaders-online.jp/english/2495