Hichori Morimoto

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Hichori Morimoto
Hichori Morimoto 2009.jpg
Morimoto with the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters (2009)
Born: (1981-01-31) January 31, 1981 (age 36)
Tokyo, Japan
Bats: Right Throws: Right
NPB debut
August 2, 2000, for the Nippon Ham Fighters
NPB statistics
(through 2012 season)
Batting average .260
Hits 867
RBIs 254
Last updated on: Nov 1, 2012

Hichori Morimoto (Japanese: 森本 稀哲, Korean: 이희철, Hanja: 李稀哲, born January 31, 1981 in Tokyo, Japan) is a Japanese professional baseballer of Korean descent for the Saitama Seibu Lions. He was the number 4 draft pick for the Fighters in 1999. For years, he was the backup for the most popular player in the league, Tsuyoshi Shinjo. After the 2006 season in which the Fighters won the Japan Series, Shinjo announced his retirement, in which Morimoto then took over Shinjo's center field spot, and also his number 1 (Morimoto had worn number 46 when Shinjo was playing).