|Pitcher / Coach|
September 28, 1968 |
Mihama, Mie, Japan
|NPB: April 13, 1994, for the Hanshin Tigers|
|MLB: April 9, 2005, for the Oakland Athletics|
|MLB: September 27, 2008, for the San Francisco Giants|
|NPB: September 4, 2010, for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles|
|Earned run average||3.58|
|Earned run average||4.00|
|Career highlights and awards|
Keiichi Yabu (藪 恵壹 Yabu Keiichi, real name: 藪 恵一) (born September 28, 1968 in Mihama, Mie Prefecture, Japan) is a Japanese baseball pitching coach for the Hanshin Tigers and a former baseball pitcher. He played eleven seasons in Japan, and parts of two seasons in Major League Baseball for the Oakland Athletics in 2005 and the San Francisco Giants in 2008.
Prior to his MLB career, Yabu pitched for the Hanshin Tigers of Nippon Professional Baseball from 1994 to 2004. During that time, he had a combined record of 84 wins and 106 losses in 268 games with 206 starts. He completed 39 complete games and had a career 3.57 ERA.
Yabu asked for and was granted his release by the Rockies prior to the start of the 2006 season after he did not make the Rockies' major league roster. He pitched briefly in the Mexican League with the Potros de Tijuana, then sat out the 2007 season. Yabu signed a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training with the San Francisco Giants in December 2007, and made the 2008 Opening Day roster.
Prior to the 2009 season, he was released by the Giants. However, he re-signed with the organization to a minor league contract. Later that July, he was released from the Giants system. During his year with the Giants, he had an ERA of 3.57, allowed 33 runs, and struck out 48, in 68 innings pitched throughout 60 games, with a win-loss record of 3-6 for the season.
On May 30, 2008, Yabu entered a game against the San Diego Padres as a reliever for the Giants with the score tied and with runners at first and second base, with nobody out. He threw one pitch, and Kevin Kouzmanoff grounded into a triple play. He continued to pitch 2 additional hitless innings that game.