Shinichi Sato

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Shinichi Sato
20111015 Shinichi Sato,coach of the Tokyo Yakult Swallows, at Yokohama Stadium.jpg
Orix Buffaloes – No. 89
Outfielder / Coach
Born: (1965-08-07) August 7, 1965 (age 49)
Sapporo, Hokkaido
Batted: Right Threw: Right
Professional debut
NPB: April 11, 1993 for the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks
Last professional appearance
NPB: October 11, 2005 for the Yakult Swallows
NPB statistics
Batting average .261
Hits 376
Runs batted in 155
Stolen Bases 25
Home runs 36

As players

As coach

  • Tokyo Yakult Swallows (2006 - 2014)
  • Orix Buffaloes (2015 - present)
Olympic medal record
Men's Baseball
Bronze medal – third place Barcelona 1992 Team Competition

Shinichi Sato (佐藤 真一 Satō Shin'ichi?), born August 7, 1965) is a retired Japanese professional baseball player from Sapporo, Hokkaidō, Japan.

Sato joined the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks at age 28, but did not live up to expectations with the team. He was traded to the Yakult Swallows in 1996, and played in 113 games in 1999, marking a .341 batting average. He also broke the team record with 25 consecutive game hits. He was relegated to pinch-hitting duty afterwards, and retired after the 2005 season at age 40. He currently works as a batting coach under Tokyo Yakult Swallows manager Junji Ogawa.

He won a bronze medal in the 1992 Summer Olympics before entering the Japanese professional leagues.


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