Kazuyoshi Tatsunami

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Kazuyoshi Tatsunami
Shortstop/Second Baseman/Third baseman/Coach
Batted: Left Threw: Right
NPB debut
April 8, 1988, for the Chunichi Dragons
Last NPB appearance
24 October, 2009, for the Chunichi Dragons
Career statistics
(through 2009 season)
Batting average.285
Home runs171
Runs batted in1037
Career highlights and awards
Member of the Japanese
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Kazuyoshi Tatsunami (立浪 和義, Tatsunami Kazuyoshi, born August 19, 1969 in Settsu, Osaka) is a former Japanese professional baseball player for the Nippon Professional Baseball Chunichi Dragons, having played his professional career for them since his debut in 1988. He was drafted in the first round in the 1987 NPB Draft.

Tatsunami holds the all-time NPB double record with 487, and is a member of the Meikyukai (Association of Great Players, or Golden Players Club).

After the 2009 season, Tatsunami retired, having seen his skills and playing time diminish for the last few seasons. He retired with a career .285 batting average, 171 home runs, 1,037 RBI, and 2,480 hits.

On 15 January 2019, Tatsunami was inducted into the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame for his achievements as a player.[1]


  1. ^ "Kazuyoshi Tatsunami, Hiroshi Gondo and Haruo Wakimura elected to Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame". Japan Times. 2019-01-15. Retrieved 2019-01-21.

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