Tadahito Iguchi

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Tadahito Iguchi
Tadahito Iguchi Padres.jpg
Iguchi with the San Diego Padres
Chiba Lotte Marines – No. 6
Second Baseman
Born: (1974-12-04) December 4, 1974 (age 39)
Nishitōkyō, Tokyo Japan
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Professional debut
NPB: May 3, 1997 for the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks
MLB: April 4, 2005 for the Chicago White Sox
MLB statistics
(through 2008 season)
Batting average .268
Home runs 44
Runs batted in 205
Teams
Career highlights and awards
Tadahito Iguchi
Medal record
Competitor for  Japan
Men's Baseball
Summer Olympics
Silver Atlanta 1996 Team Competition

Tadahito Iguchi (井口 資仁 Iguchi Tadahito?, born December 4, 1974 in Nishitōkyō, Tokyo, Japan) is a Japanese second baseman currently playing for the Chiba Lotte Marines. As a member of the Chicago White Sox in 2005, he became the first Japanese-born player to win the World Series.

Early life and Japanese career[edit]

Iguchi playing second base for the White Sox in 2006.

Iguchi began playing in high school and after graduating in 1993, went to Aoyama Gakuin University where he distinguished himself by hitting the Tohto University Baseball League record of eight home runs in a season and winning the triple crown. He was a member of Japanese National Team in 1996 Summer Olympics that won the silver medal. He was the first pick in the 1996 draft by Fukuoka Daiei Hawks.

In his debut year of 1997, he hit a grand slam in the first game of his professional career. He suffered a shoulder injury in the 2000 season and had a surgery which ended his season. He recovered fully in 2001 hitting 30 home runs and leading the league with a personal best 44 stolen bases. In 2003, he hit over .300, had over 100 RBI and led the league in steals.

American career[edit]

Tadahito Iguchi in 2011, Chiba Marine Stadium

He left Fukuoka Daiei after the 2004 season to play for the Chicago White Sox. During the 2005 MLB season, he had a .278 batting average with 15 home runs and 15 stolen bases. In the 2005 Divisional Series, he hit a go-ahead 3-run home run in Game 2 against the Boston Red Sox.[1] In 2006, Iguchi had two multi-homer games, both times hitting a grand slam and another home run.

On July 27, 2007, he was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies for pitcher Michael Dubee. He was the first Asian-born player to join the Phillies.[2]

On December 18, 2007, Iguchi signed a one-year deal with the San Diego Padres.[3] He was released on September 1, 2008.[4]

On September 5, 2008, the Phillies signed Iguchi, making it his second stint with the team.[5] Because he was acquired after September 1, he was ineligible for the team's postseason roster, so he was not with the team when they bested the Tampa Bay Rays in the World Series.

Return to Japan[edit]

On January 19, 2009, he returned to Japan to play for the Chiba Lotte Marines.[6][7]

Championships[edit]

He is the only player to have ever been a member of two different World Series championship teams, the 2005 Chicago White Sox and 2008 Philadelphia Phillies and two or more different Japan Series championship teams - including the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks in 1999 and 2003 and the Chiba Lotte Marines in 2010.

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