Yoshinori Tateyama

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Yoshinori Tateyama
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Tateyama with the Texas Rangers
Pitcher
Born: (1975-12-26) December 26, 1975 (age 39)
Daitō, Osaka, Japan
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Professional debut
NPB: May 3, 1999 for the Nippon-Ham Fighters
MLB: May 24, 2011 for the Texas Rangers
MLB statistics
Win–Loss record 3–0
Earned run average 5.75
Strikeouts 61
Saves 1
NPB statistics
Win–Loss record 35-43
Earned run average 3.43
Strikeouts 491
Saves 27
Teams

Yoshinori Tateyama (建山 義紀 Tateyama Yoshinori?, born December 26, 1975) is a Japanese former professional baseball pitcher.

A sidearm pitcher, Tateyama relied chiefly on a sinking fastball that averaged 87–88 mph and a curveball in the low 70s. He also featured two other off-speed pitches, a changeup (74–78 mph) and a screwball (68–71 mph), that were used mostly against left-handed batters.[1] The screwball is thrown with a "Vulcan" grip.[2] He was one of only two relief pitchers to have thrown even a single screwball in the 2012 MLB season.[3]

While his strikeout totals were average, he got hitters out with his control (career 2.11 BB/9 in NPB).

On November 30, 2010 Tateyama signed as a free agent with the Texas Rangers.[4] After starting 2011 in the minor leagues, he was called up to the Rangers on May 23, 2011 and made his major league debut on May 24, 2011.

Koji Uehara was his teammate in high school. In that time, Tateyama was an ace pitcher and Uehara was an outfielder. In the 2011–2012 offseason, the Rangers signed Japan's best starting pitcher Yu Darvish to a 5-year deal. Tateyama and Darvish were previously teammates for 5 seasons on the Nippon-Ham Fighters.

He became a free agent on October 30, 2012 when the Rangers declined his 2013 option. He was re-signed by Texas on December 20, 2012. He was then released in March 2013. He was traded to the New York Yankees in June 2013.

In May 2014 the Yankees released Tateyama,[5] and he returned to Japan to sign with the Hanshin Tigers on June 25, 2014.[6] On November 1, 2014 he announced his retirement from professional baseball[7] after making 8 appearances for the Tigers.[8]

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