March 6, 1971 |
Kadoma, Osaka, Japan
|May 26, 1989, for the Chunichi Dragons|
|Last NPB appearance|
|July 13, 2001, for the Chunichi Dragons|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Last updated on: 9 February 2014|
Imanaka attended the Daitō campus of Osaka Sangyo University High School, which became Osaka Tōin High School in his final year. He was recognized as the school's ace pitcher and scouted by several clubs including the Yomiuri Giants and his hometown team, the Hanshin Tigers. Despite being a Hanshin fan himself, Imanaka had his sights set solely on playing for the Chunichi Dragons, who had won the league penant during his final year of high school. Imanaka went as far as declaring that he would not play professional baseball if another team drafted him. Chunichi obliged and selected him in the first round of the 1988 rookie draft.
- "【11月10日】2001年(平13) 沢村賞投手・今中慎二「自信がなくなった」" [(10 November 2001) Eiji Sawamura Award winner Shinji Imanaka declares "I've lost confidence"] (in Japanese). November 2009. Retrieved 6 November 2015.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference (Minors)
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