Hiromitsu Kadota

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Hiromitsu Kadota
Born: (1948-02-26)February 26, 1948
Onoda, Japan
Batted: Left Threw: Left
1970 for the Nankai Hawks
Last appearance
1992 for the Daiei Hawks
Career statistics
Avg. .289
HRs 567
RBIs 1678
As player
Career highlights and awards
Member of the Japanese
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Inducted 2006

Hiromitsu Kadota (門田 博光 Kadota Hiromitsu?, born February 26, 1948, in Onoda, Japan) was a Japanese professional baseball player for the Hawks franchise (known during his career as the Nankai Hawks and the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks) and the Orix Braves. Reputed for his slugging ability, he ate a lot and became a strong hitter, though was later weakened by diabetes mellitus. With 567 home runs, Kadota is number three on the NPB career list.

Kadota won the Nippon Professional Baseball Comeback Player of the Year Award in 1980 with 41 home runs and 84 RBI.

He hit 44 home runs at the age of 40 in 1988, also knocking in 125 runs and winning the Pacific League Most Valuable Player Award. That year he was also given the Matsutaro Shoriki Award, for contribution to the development of professional baseball.

After playing for the Orix Braves for two seasons, he returned to the Hawks in 1991; he retired after his last game against pitcher Hideo Nomo in 1992.

Kadota was inducted into the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame in 2006.

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Preceded by
Kimiyasu Kudoh
Matsutaro Shoriki Award
Succeeded by
Motoshi Fujita