Mahara with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks
December 8, 1981 |
|March 30, 2004, for the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks|
|World Baseball Classic|
|2006 San Diego||Team|
|2009 Los Angeles||Team|
Takahiro Mahara (馬原 孝浩 Mahara Takahiro?, born December 8, 1981, in Kumamoto, Kumamoto) is a right-handed pitcher for the Orix Buffaloes in Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball. He played in the 2006 World Baseball Classic. Originally a starter, Mahara was converted to a closer partway through 2005 season and has been an efficient closer since then.
His best season was in 2007, when Mahara broke the team record for saves by recording 38 and also recording a 1.47 ERA. The previous record-holder was Rodney Pedraza, who had 35 saves in 2000. Mahara did not blow a save until late in the season, when Orix Buffaloes slugger Tuffy Rhodes cracked a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 9th at Skymark Stadium.
With the exception of the 2008 season when he missed half the season due to injury, Mahara has recorded at least 22 saves each year since 2005.