Takahiro Norimoto

Takahiro Norimoto (則本 昂大, Norimoto Takahiro, born December 17, 1990) is a Japanese professional baseball player. He plays for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of the Pacific League in Nippon Professional Baseball.

Takahiro Norimoto
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Norimoto in college (2012)
Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles – No. 14
Born: (1990-12-17) December 17, 1990 (age 29)
Bats: Left Throws: Right
NPB debut
March 29, 2013, for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles
NPB statistics
(through 2018)
Earned run average3.06
Career highlights and awards

Tohoku Rakuten Golden EaglesEdit

In 2013, Norimoto's rookie season, he pitched to a 15-8 win–loss record and a 3.34 earned run average. Norimoto won the Pacific League Rookie of the Year Award.[1][2]

In 2015, Norimoto led the Pacific League in strikeouts for the second straight season, with 215. His 194.2 innings also led the league. He finished third in ERA with a 2.91 mark. Despite these achievements, Norimoto finished the season with a 10-11 record, his first losing campaign in his three years.

Samurai JapanEdit

After the 2014 NPB season, Norimoto was named to the Samurai Japan national team that took on the MLB All-Stars in an exhibition series in Japan. In Game 3 of that series at the Tokyo Dome on November 15, Norimoto pitched 5 perfect innings and struck out 6 with just 60 pitches and earned the win in what would turn out to be a combined no-hitter by Samurai Japan.[3] The MLB lineup featured six All-Stars but collected just four base runners, losing 4-0.

Playing styleEdit

Norimoto is a 5 ft 10 in, 180 lb right-handed pitcher. With a three-quarters delivery he throws a fastball, a forkball, and a solid slider.[4] He recorded a career-high 98 mph when he worked in relief.[5]

He won five times strikeout titles, and posting a K/9 of 9.4 in his NPB career.[6][7]


  1. ^ Coskrey, Jason (October 27, 2013). "Rookie Norimoto gives Eagles hope for promising future". The Japan Times. Archived from the original on December 17, 2013. Retrieved December 16, 2013.
  2. ^ "Ogawa, Norimoto win Rookie of the Year awards". The Japan Times. November 25, 2013. Archived from the original on December 17, 2013. Retrieved December 16, 2013.
  3. ^ Nowak, Joey. "Takahiro Norimoto leads Japan's combined no-hitter vs. MLB". MLB.com. Retrieved February 15, 2016.
  4. ^ "Norimoto, three relievers toss combined no-hitter against MLB All-Stars". The Japan Times. The Japan Times. November 15, 2014. Retrieved January 18, 2015.
  5. ^ "侍則本3者三振「小林さんとコミュニケーション」". Nikkan Sports. Nikkan Sports. March 19, 2017. Retrieved June 1, 2017.
  6. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=norimo000tak
  7. ^ https://www.nikkansports.com/baseball/news/201810130000933.html

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