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Yoshitomo Tani (谷 佳知, born February 9, 1973) is a former Japanese professional baseball player from Higashiōsaka, Osaka, Japan. He played as an outfielder for the Orix Buffaloes and Yomiuri Giants. He holds the Pacific League record for hits in a single season by a right-handed batter with 189 hits in 2003 for Orix. He also holds the Japanese NPB record for doubles in a single season with 52 in 2001.

Yoshitomo Tani
Tani with the Yomiuri Giants
Born: (1973-02-09) February 9, 1973 (age 46)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
May 11, 1997, for the Orix BlueWave
Career statistics
(through 2015)
Batting average.301
Home runs133
Runs batted in741
Career highlights and awards

Tani emerged as a recurrent Best Nine award winner in the late 90s and early 2000s for Orix, and played a large role in carrying the Blue Wave/Buffaloes following Ichiro Suzuki's departure to play with the Seattle Mariners in MLB


Tani is married to Ryoko Tani, a famous judoka who has won two gold medals, two silver medals and the bronze in Judo at the Summer Olympics.

He was selected for the Japanese baseball team at the 2004 Summer Olympics, and won a bronze medal. He also won a silver medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics before entering the Japanese professional leagues.

Career AwardsEdit

  • Most league steals 2002 (43)
  • Most league hits 2003 (189)

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