Tanishige with the Chunichi Dragons
|Chunichi Dragons – No. 27|
|Catcher / Manager|
|April 11, 1989, for the Yokohama Taiyo Whales|
|Career highlights and awards|
|World Baseball Classic|
|2006 San Diego||Team|
Motonobu Tanishige (谷繁 元信, born December 21, 1970, in Hiroshima) is the current manager for the Chunichi Dragons in Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB). He was the Dragons' player-manager from 2014 to 2015.
Through 2015, Tanishige has played 27 seasons in NPB. Making his debut for the Taiyo Whales in 1989 at age 18, he played for the Whales/BayStars franchise for 13 years. Moving to the Dragons in 2002, through 2015 he has played for that franchise for 14 seasons. He has played in five Japan Series, and one World Baseball Classic, in 2006, when Japan won the championship.
In 2015, Tanishige broke the NPB record for games played, passing Katsuya Nomura with 3,018 — he has since extended the record. Tanishige is second on the career strikeout list with 1,838. With more than 200 career home runs, Tanshige is a member of Meikyukai.
- Graczyk, Wayne. "Tanishige to become rare player-manager for Dragons." 19 October 2013: The Japan Times.
- "Dragons’ Tanishige plays in NPB record 3,018th game," Japan Times (July 28, 2015).
- Nippon Professional Baseball career statistics from Japanesebaseball.com
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference (Minors)
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