Hisanori Takahashi

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Hisanori Takahashi
高橋 尚成
20140817 Hisanori Takahashi, pitcher of the Yokohama DeNA BayStars, at Yokosuka Stadium.JPG
Takahashi with the Yokohama DeNA BayStars in 2014
Born: (1975-04-02) April 2, 1975 (age 47)
Sumida, Tokyo, Japan
Batted: Left
Threw: Left
Professional debut
NPB: April 6, 2000, for the Yomiuri Giants
MLB: April 7, 2010, for the New York Mets
Last appearance
MLB: April 11, 2013, for the Chicago Cubs
NPB: October 2, 2015, for the Yokohama DeNA BayStars
NPB statistics
Win–loss record79–73
Earned run average3.79
MLB statistics
Win–loss record14–12
Earned run average3.99

Hisanori Takahashi (高橋 尚成, Takahashi Hisanori, born April 2, 1975) is a Japanese former professional baseball pitcher. He began his professional career in NPB with the Yomiuri Giants, and played in Major League Baseball for the New York Mets, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Chicago Cubs.


Nippon Professional Baseball[edit]

Takahashi with the Yomiuri Giants in 2007

Takahashi debuted in Nippon Professional Baseball with the Yomiuri Giants in 2000. He was a finesse starting pitcher in Japan, featuring an 86–89 mph fastball (tops out at 92 mph), slider, curveball, and a screwball as his out pitch.

Major League Baseball[edit]

New York Mets[edit]

On February 11, 2010, Takahashi signed a minor league contract with the New York Mets.[1] Takahashi included a clause in his contract stipulating that the Mets must release him to free agency by October 31, 2010.[2] Takahashi started the 2010 season in the Mets' bullpen. On May 21, he made his first appearance as a starting pitcher against the New York Yankees, picking up a no decision with 6 scoreless innings. With the loss of Francisco Rodríguez to injury, Takahashi served as the closer for the Mets and recorded his first major league save on August 16 against the Houston Astros.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim[edit]

On December 2, 2010, Takahashi signed a two-year $8 million contract with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.[3]

On July 28, 2012, Takahashi was optioned to the Triple-A Salt Lake Bees to make room for recently acquired starting pitcher Zack Greinke.

Pittsburgh Pirates[edit]

Takahashi was claimed by the Pittsburgh Pirates in August 2012.[4] The Pirates granted Takahashi his unconditional release on October 31, 2012.[5]

Chicago Cubs[edit]

On December 27, 2012 he signed a minor league contract with the Chicago Cubs that included an invitation to spring training.[6] He made the opening day roster as a relief pitcher. He was designated for assignment on April 16, 2013.

Colorado Rockies[edit]

On June 22, 2013 Takahashi was traded to the Rockies for a player to be named later.[7] Takahashi elected to become a free agent following the season after compiling a 6.66 ERA over 25.2 innings pitched with the Triple-A Colorado Springs Sky Sox.[8]

Yokohama DeNA BayStars[edit]

Following the 2013 season, Takahashi signed with the Yokohama DeNA BayStars.[9] In September 2015, Takahashi announced that he would retire from baseball following the 2015 season. He failed to record a win in either of his two seasons in Yokohama.[10]


  1. ^ AP (February 11, 2010). "NY Mets announce signings of Hisanori Takahashi, Mike Jacobs and Shawn Riggans". NJ.com. Retrieved January 3, 2014.
  2. ^ Waldstein, David (October 24, 2010). "Mets Face a Deadline on Keeping Takahashi". The New York Times.
  3. ^ "Angels sign Takahashi to two-year deal | MLB.com: News". Mlb.mlb.com. May 24, 2013. Retrieved January 3, 2014.
  4. ^ Singer, Tom (August 24, 2012). "Bucs promote Clement, claim Takahashi off waivers".
  5. ^ Singer, Tom (October 31, 2012). "Pirates exercise Alvarez's option, decline Barajas'". MLB.com. Retrieved November 3, 2012.
  6. ^ Axisa, Mike (December 27, 2012). "Cubs Agree To Sign Hisanori Takahashi". Mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved January 3, 2014.
  7. ^ Links, Zach (June 22, 2013). "Rockies Acquire Hisanori Takahashi: MLB Rumors". MLBTradeRumors.com. Retrieved January 3, 2014.
  8. ^ "Hisanori Takahashi News: Takahashi elected free agency, Baseball America reports". theScore Inc. Rotowire. October 4, 2013. Retrieved September 14, 2015.
  9. ^ "Takahashi to play for BayStars". The Japan News. December 26, 2013. Retrieved January 3, 2014.
  10. ^ "Lions' Akiyama becomes 6th with 200-hit season". Yomiuri Shimbun. September 14, 2015. Retrieved September 14, 2015.

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