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|Born:November 5, 1987|
|NPB: 2006 for the Hanshin Tigers|
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
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.
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. 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.
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