Makoto Imaoka

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Makoto Imaoka
今岡 誠
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Hanshin Tigers – No. 77
Infielder / Coach
Born: (1974-09-11) September 11, 1974 (age 42)
Takarazuka, Hyōgo, Japan
Bats: Right Throws: Right
NPB debut
April 8, 1997, for the Hanshin Tigers
NPB statistics
(through 2011 season)
Batting average .279
Hits 1284
RBIs 594
Home runs 122
Teams

As player

As coach

  • Chiba Lotte Marines (2012)
  • Hanshin Tigers (2016 – present)
Career highlights and awards
Last updated on: May 10, 2012
Makoto Imaoka
Medal record
Representing  Japan
Men's Baseball
Summer Olympics
Silver medal – second place Atlanta 1996 Team Competition
Intercontinental Cup
Silver medal – second place Havana 1995 Team Competition

Makoto Imaoka (今岡 誠, born September 11, 1974) is a Japanese professional baseball player from Takarazuka, Hyōgo, Japan.

Imaoka spent several uneventful seasons in the Japanese professional leagues before being chosen as the leadoff batter by Senichi Hoshino, who managed the Hanshin Tigers from 2002–2004. Imaoka won the batting title in 2003 with a .340 batting average, and his team won the Central League pennant the same year. He had previously played shortstop and second base, but was converted to third base in 2004. He continued his hitting prowess, and led the league with 147 RBIs in 2005. He fell into a huge slump in 2006, and missed half of the season due to injuries.

He won a silver medal playing for the Japanese national team in the 1996 Summer Olympics before entering the Japanese professional leagues.

Career statistics (through 2011)[edit]

SEASON TEAM Squad number G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB AVG
1997 HT 7 98 252 18 63 11 1 2 20 1 .250
1998 133 471 48 138 20 3 7 44 6 .293
1999 128 457 36 115 11 1 6 39 4 .252
2000 40 113 8 24 5 0 1 2 0 .212
2001 123 400 36 107 15 0 4 40 3 .268
2002 122 505 46 160 40 0 15 56 0 .317
2003 120 485 67 165 35 1 12 72 1 .340
2004 138 572 87 175 29 0 28 83 0 .306
2005 146 559 71 156 26 2 29 147 1 .279
2006 59 204 16 45 3 2 7 29 1 .220
2007 85 323 23 90 8 0 4 24 0 .279
2008 55 169 15 29 3 0 7 29 0 .172
2009 23 30 0 4 2 0 0 2 0 .133
2010 CLM 2 26 44 3 10 2 0 0 6 0 .227
2011 13 23 2 3 1 0 0 1 0 .130
Total 1309 4607 476 1284 211 10 122 594 17 .279

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