Motonobu Tanishige

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Motonobu Tanishige
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Tanishige with the Chunichi Dragons
Chunichi Dragons – No. 27
Catcher / Manager
Bats: Right Throws: Right
NPB debut
April 11, 1989, for the Yokohama Taiyo Whales
NPB statistics
(through 2015)
Batting average .240
Home runs 229
RBI 1040
Teams

As Player

As Manager

Career highlights and awards
  • All Star, 2002
  • Gold Glove, 2006, 2007
Motonobu Tanishige
Medal record
Representing  Japan
Men's Baseball
World Baseball Classic
Gold medal – first place 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.[1]

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.

Tanishge performed well in the 2004 Japan Series (which the Dragons lost 4-games-to-3 to the Seibu Lions), including hitting his first career grand slam.

In 2015, Tanishige broke the NPB record for games played, passing Katsuya Nomura with 3,018[2] — 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Graczyk, Wayne. "Tanishige to become rare player-manager for Dragons." 19 October 2013: The Japan Times.
  2. ^ "Dragons’ Tanishige plays in NPB record 3,018th game," Japan Times (July 28, 2015).

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