April 2, 1975 |
Sumida, Tokyo, Japan
|Bats: Left||Throws: Left|
|NPB: April 6, 2000 for the Yomiuri Giants|
|MLB: April 7, 2010 for the New York Mets|
|Earned run average||3.70|
(through April 11, 2013)
|Earned run average||3.99|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Competitor for Japan|
Nippon Professional Baseball
Takahashi previously spent his entire professional career with the Yomiuri Giants of Nippon Professional Baseball. He was a finesse starting pitcher in Japan, featuring an 86–89 mph fastball (tops out at 92 mph), slider, curveball, and a screwball as his out pitch.
Major League Baseball
New York Mets
On February 11, 2010, Takahashi signed a minor league contract with the New York Mets. Takahashi included a clause in his contract stipulating that the Mets must release him to free agency by October 31, 2010. Takahashi started the 2010 season in the Mets' bullpen. On May 21, he made his first appearance as a starting pitcher against the New York Yankees, picking up a no decision with 6 scoreless innings. With the loss of Francisco Rodríguez to injury, Takahashi served as the closer for the Mets and recorded his first major league save on August 16 against the Houston Astros.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
On December 27, 2012 he signed a minor league contract with the Chicago Cubs that included an invitation to spring training. He made the opening day roster as a relief pitcher. He was designated for assignment on April 16, 2013.
- Singer, Tom (August 24, 2012). "Bucs promote Clement, claim Takahashi off waivers".
- Singer, Tom (October 31, 2012). "Pirates exercise Alvarez's option, decline Barajas'". MLB.com. Retrieved November 3, 2012.
- Cubs Agree To Sign Hisanori Takahashi
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