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Yuki Yanagita (柳田 悠岐, Yanagita Yūki, born October 9, 1988 in Hiroshima, Hiroshima, Japan) is a professional Japanese baseball player. He plays outfielder for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks. Yanagita was a member of the 2014 and 2015 Japan Series-winning Hawks teams.

Yuki Yanagita
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Yanagita with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks
Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks – No. 9
Outfielder
Born: (1988-10-09) October 9, 1988 (age 30)
Hiroshima, Hiroshima, Japan
Bats: Left Throws: Right
debut
May 8, 2011, for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks
NPB statistics
(through 2018 season)
Batting average.320
Home runs150
RBI502
Hits921
Stolen base139
Teams
Career highlights and awards
NPB

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CareerEdit

In 2015, Yanagita won the Pacific League MVP award after ranking at or near the top of the league in several offensive categories. Yanagita led both leagues with a .363 batting average and led the Pacific League in runs (110), total bases (317), slugging percentage (.631), on base percentage (.469), and walks (88). He ranked second in hits (182) and stolen bases (32) and third in home runs (34, tied) and RBI (99).[1] With the exception of stolen bases, all of these stats were career highs, and Yanagita became the just the 10th player in either league to join the "Triple 3" club (.300 average, 30 home runs, 30 stolen bases).[2]

After the season, Yanagita underwent a right elbow surgery and is expected to recover in time for the 2016 season.[3]

He was selected to the 2018 NPB All-Star game [jp].[4]

International CareerEdit

He was a member of the Japan national baseball team at the 2014 MLB Japan All-Star_Series.

On August 20, 2018, he was selected to play in the 2018 MLB Japan All-Star Series.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2015 Pacific League Qualifiers for Batting Championship". Nippon Professional Baseball. Retrieved 14 February 2016.
  2. ^ Nagatsuka, Kaz. "Yakult's Yamada, Softbank's Yanagita win MVP Awards". Retrieved 14 February 2016.
  3. ^ "Hawks' Yanagita has elbow surgery". Retrieved 14 February 2016.
  4. ^ "マイナビオールスターゲーム2018 ファン投票結果". NPB.jp 日本野球機構 (in Japanese). June 26, 2018. Retrieved June 25, 2018.
  5. ^ "「2018日米野球」出場選手6名、コーチングスタッフが決定". 野球日本代表 侍ジャパン オフィシャルサイト (in Japanese). August 20, 2018. Retrieved October 12, 2018.

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