Kensuke Tanaka

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Kensuke Tanaka
Kensuke Tanaka 2009 Japan Series
Second baseman
Born: (1981-05-20) May 20, 1981 (age 42)
Fukuoka, Japan
Batted: Left
Threw: Right
Professional debut
NPB: 2000, for the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters
MLB: July 9, 2013, for the San Francisco Giants
Last MLB appearance
July 28, 2013, for the San Francisco Giants
NPB statistics
(through 2017 season)
Batting average.282
Home runs46
Runs batted in462
MLB statistics
(through 2013 season)
Batting average.267
Home runs0
Runs batted in2
Career highlights and awards

Kensuke Tanaka (田中 賢介, born May 20, 1981) is a Japanese former professional baseball player. He has played for the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters of Nippon Professional Baseball and the San Francisco Giants of Major League Baseball.


Tanaka batting for the San Francisco Giants in 2013

Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters[edit]

Tanaka played for the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters from 2000 through 2012.

San Francisco Giants[edit]

He made his Major League debut with the Giants, in left field, on July 9, 2013, against the New York Mets despite playing almost exclusively second base with the Nippon Ham Fighters and the Giants' Triple-AAA affiliate, the Fresno Grizzlies.[1] He was designated for assignment on September 3, 2013, and released the next day.[2]

Texas Rangers[edit]

He signed a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers on December 20, 2013,[3] and was released on July 20, 2014.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Tanaka is married to Japanese Sapporo TV reporter Chiho Nishimori (西森千芳).


  1. ^ "UPDATE: Bochy explains Tanaka move for SF Giants". San Francisco Giants: The Splash. July 10, 2013. Retrieved October 11, 2014.
  2. ^ "Texas Rangers may sign Tanaka: Kensuke Tanaka". Texas Rangers Blog. Archived from the original on September 29, 2015. Retrieved October 11, 2014.
  3. ^ "Rangers agree to terms with Kensuke Tanaka and Ryan Feierabend". Texas Rangers. Retrieved October 11, 2014.
  4. ^ "Rangers likely headed for more roster roulette this week". Texas Rangers Blog. Archived from the original on October 17, 2014. Retrieved October 11, 2014.

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