Kensuke Tanaka

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Kensuke Tanaka
Kensuke Tanaka 2009 Japan Series
Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters – No. 3
Second baseman, Left fielder
Born: (1981-05-20) May 20, 1981 (age 35)
Fukuoka, Japan
Bats: Left Throws: Right
MLB debut
July 9, 2013, for the San Francisco Giants
MLB statistics
(through July 21, 2013)
Batting average .269
Hits 7
Home runs 0
Runs batted in 1
On-base percentage .345
Slugging percentage .269
Tanaka batting for the San Francisco Giants in 2013

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


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

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]

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. 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. Retrieved October 11, 2014. 

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