Motonobu Tanishige

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Motonobu Tanishige
Tanishige with the Chunichi Dragons
Catcher / Manager
Born: (1970-12-21) December 21, 1970 (age 48)
Batted: Right Threw: Right
NPB debut
April 11, 1989, for the Yokohama Taiyo Whales
Last NPB appearance
September 26, 2015, for the Chunichi Dragons
NPB statistics
(through 2015)
Batting average.240
Home runs229
As Player

As Manager

Career highlights and awards
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 a retired Japanese professional baseball player and manager.

Tanishige played 27 seasons in Nippon Professional Baseball, appearing in more games than any other player in NPB history. 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 played for that franchise for 14 seasons. He played in five Japan Series, and one World Baseball Classic, in 2006, when Japan won the championship. He was the manager player-manager of the Chunichi Dragons from 2014 to 2015,[1] staying on as manager in 2016.

Professional career[edit]

Tanishige 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 later 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.

Managerial career[edit]

After retiring from playing at the end of the 2015 season, Tanishige became full-time manager of the Dragons. After a rocky start to the season followed by a lacklustre continuation following the All-Star break, on August 10, 2016 he was relieved from his duties alongside fielding coach Takahiro Saeki.[3] He was replaced by head coach, Shigekazu Mori for the remainder of the season.[4]


  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).
  3. ^ "Tanishige's reign ends with Dragons". The Japan News. 10 August 2016. Retrieved 13 August 2016.
  4. ^ "Dragons manager Tanishige ordered to take leave of absence". Japan Times. 10 August 2016. Retrieved 13 August 2016.

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