Kobayashi with the Cleveland Indians
|Orix Buffaloes – No. 73|
|Relief pitcher / Pitching coach|
|Born:May 24, 1974|
|April 2, 2008 for the Cleveland Indians|
|Last professional appearance|
|May 7, 2009 for the Cleveland Indians|
|Earned run average||5.10|
|Olympic medal record|
|Bronze||Athens 2004||Team Competition|
Masahide "Masa" Kobayashi (小林 雅英 Kobayashi Masahide?, born May 24, 1974 in Ōtsuki, Yamanashi, Japan) is a former professional baseball pitcher who currently is the pitching coach for the Orix Buffaloes.
He was a member of the Japanese Olympic baseball team for the 2004 Summer Olympics and won a bronze medal.
After the 2007 season, he became the only pitcher to record 20 or more saves seven straight years.
On November 20, he signed a two-year, $6,250,000 deal with the Cleveland Indians. The deal included a $3.25m club option for a third year.
During the 2008 season, Kobayashi had an average season, going 4-5 with a 4.53 ERA and 6 saves. He started to falter late during the year and thus, his performance declined.
In 2009, Kobayashi had 10 appearances (9.2 innings) with no decisions or saves. His ERA was a booming 8.38 and on May 16 he was designated for assignment. He accepted and was outrighted to Triple-A Columbus. He was released on July 18, 2009.
He signed a one-year contract with the Yomiuri Giants on December 1, 2009.