Hisanori Takahashi

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Hisanori Takahashi
高橋 尚成
20140817 Hisanori Takahashi, pitcher of the Yokohama DeNA BayStars, at Yokosuka Stadium.JPG
Takahashi with the Yokohama DeNA BayStars
Yokohama DeNA BayStars – No. 47
Born: (1975-04-02) April 2, 1975 (age 39)
Sumida, Tokyo, Japan
Bats: Left Throws: Left
Professional debut
NPB: April 6, 2000 for the Yomiuri Giants
MLB: April 7, 2010 for the New York Mets
NPB statistics
Win–loss record 79–66
Earned run average 3.70
Strikeouts 1,032
Saves 15
MLB statistics
(through April 11, 2013)
Win–loss record 14–12
Earned run average 3.99
Strikeouts 221
Saves 10
Career highlights and awards

Hisanori Takahashi (高橋 尚成 Takahashi Hisanori?, born April 2, 1975) is a Japanese professional baseball pitcher. He plays for the Yokohama DeNA BayStars of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB). He began his professional career in NPB with the Yomiuri Giants, and played in Major League Baseball for the New York Mets, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Chicago Cubs.


Nippon Professional Baseball[edit]

Takahashi with the Yomiuri Giants in 2007
Hisanori Takahashi
Medal record
Competitor for  Japan
Men’s Baseball
Asian Games
Silver 1998 Bangkok Team

Takahashi debuted in Nippon Professional Baseball with the Yomiuri Giants in 2000. 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[edit]

New York Mets[edit]

On February 11, 2010, Takahashi signed a minor league contract with the New York Mets.[1] Takahashi included a clause in his contract stipulating that the Mets must release him to free agency by October 31, 2010.[2] 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[edit]

On December 2, 2010, Takahashi signed a two-year $8 million contract with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.[3]

On July 28, 2012, Takahashi was optioned to the Triple-A Salt Lake Bees to make room for recently acquired starting pitcher Zack Greinke.

Pittsburgh Pirates[edit]

Takahashi was claimed by the Pittsburgh Pirates in August 2012.[4] The Pirates granted Takahashi his unconditional release on October 31, 2012.[5]

Chicago Cubs[edit]

On December 27, 2012 he signed a minor league contract with the Chicago Cubs that included an invitation to spring training.[6] He made the opening day roster as a relief pitcher. He was designated for assignment on April 16, 2013.

Colorado Rockies[edit]

On June 22, 2013 Takahashi was traded to the Rockies for a player to be named later.[7]

Yokohama DeNA BayStars[edit]

Following the 2013 season, Takahashi signed with the Yokohama DeNA BayStars.[8]


  1. ^ AP (February 11, 2010). "NY Mets announce signings of Hisanori Takahashi, Mike Jacobs and Shawn Riggans". NJ.com. Retrieved January 3, 2014. 
  2. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/24/sports/baseball/24mets.html
  3. ^ "Angels sign Takahashi to two-year deal | MLB.com: News". Mlb.mlb.com. May 24, 2013. Retrieved January 3, 2014. 
  4. ^ Singer, Tom (August 24, 2012). "Bucs promote Clement, claim Takahashi off waivers". 
  5. ^ Singer, Tom (October 31, 2012). "Pirates exercise Alvarez's option, decline Barajas'". MLB.com. Retrieved November 3, 2012. 
  6. ^ Axisa, Mike (December 27, 2012). "Cubs Agree To Sign Hisanori Takahashi". Mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved January 3, 2014. 
  7. ^ Links, Zach (June 22, 2013). "Rockies Acquire Hisanori Takahashi: MLB Rumors". MLBTradeRumors.com. Retrieved January 3, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Takahashi to play for BayStars". The Japan News. December 26, 2013. Retrieved January 3, 2014. 

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