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Yoshinobu Takahashi (高橋 由伸, born April 3, 1975) is a Japanese former professional baseball player and manager. He spent his entire playing career with the Yomiuri Giants and served as the team's manager for three seasons. He graduated from Keio University.[1]

Yoshinobu Takahashi
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Takahashi with the Yomiuri Giants
Outfielder/Manager
Born: (1975-04-03) April 3, 1975 (age 44)
Chiba, Chiba, Japan
Bats: Left Throws: Right
debut
April 3rd, 1998, for the Yomiuri Giants
Career statistics
(through 2015 season)
Batting average.291
Home runs321
RBI986
Teams
As players

As manager

Olympic medal record
Men's Baseball
Bronze medal – third place Athens 2004 Team Competition

A superb contact hitter, he is also known for his exemplary defensive play. He won the Golden Glove award in six consecutive years between 1998 and 2003. Despite his brilliant records, Takahashi has injured himself numerous times over the years going after fly balls. The injuries primarily resulted from his play style, in which he does not give up on fly balls until they hit the ground. His first injury was on September 14, 1999, at a Chunichi Dragons game, where he jumped diagonally against the outfield fence, causing a fractured shoulder bone.

He was selected to be part of the Japanese Olympic baseball team for the 2004 Summer Olympics, and contributed to the team's bronze medal.

Takahashi served as the Giants' manager from 2016 to 2018. He will remain with the Giants as a special adviser.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Yoshinobu Takahashi - BR Bullpen". www.baseball-reference.com.
  2. ^ "Baseball: Former WBC championship team skipper Hara rejoins Giants". mainichi.jp. Mainichi Shimbun. 23 October 2018. Retrieved 23 October 2018.

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