Yamato Maeda

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(Yamato Maeda)
Hanshin Tigers – No. 0
Born: (1987-11-05) November 5, 1987 (age 27)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Professional debut
NPB: 2006 for the Hanshin Tigers
NPB statistics
(through 2012)
Batting average .246
Home runs 0
RBI 37

Yamato Maeda (前田 大和?, born November 5, 1987 in Kanoya, Kagoshima) is a Japanese professional baseball outfielder for the Hanshin Tigers in Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball. He has been registered as "Yamato" since 2007.

Early Baseball Career[edit]

He played for the Kanoya Boy Scout's softball club in his early years, then joined the Kanoya Baystars during junior high. He entered Shonan High School and joined its baseball club as a shortstop, and participated in the Summer Koshien during his 1st and 3rd year, reaching the quarter final round in the latter. During that time, his impressive defense caught the attention of Tigers manager Akinobu Okada who was watching the televised game, that prompted him to choose Yamato as the Tiger's 4th pick in the 2005 high school draft.[1]

Hanshin Tigers[edit]


Throughout the year, he was fixed as the 2nd batter and center fielder. Together with Tsuyoshi Nishioka who just joined the team, became the teams lead-off hitters and often displayed extensive defense in the outfield. During the mid-season interleague, he hit a brief slump and was briefly demoted in the batting line up. During the June 1 match with the Buffaloes however, he delivered consecutive hits from Chihiro Kaneko in 3 at-bats.[2] On the June 29 match with Carps, he scored his first walk-off hit in front of the home crowd at Koshien, where his parents, who came all the way from his hometown to watch, are also in attendance.[3]


  1. ^ "「高校野球? 見とるよ」/岡田監督". nikkansports.com (日刊スポーツ). 2010-03-30. Retrieved 2012-11-02. 
  2. ^ 打順降格の大和が意地の決勝2点二塁打 at the Wayback Machine (archived October 20, 2013) - デイリースポーツ(2013年6月2日)
  3. ^ 大和のサヨナラ打で虎3連勝!「やっちゃいましたね」 - サンケイスポーツ 2013年6月29日、同日閲覧。

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