Takahiro Norimoto

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Takahiro Norimoto
Mie-chukyo Norimoto.JPG
Norimoto in college (2012)
Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles – No. 14
Born: (1990-12-17) December 17, 1990 (age 27)
Bats: Left Throws: Right
NPB debut
March 29, 2013, for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles
NPB statistics
(through 2017)
Win-Loss 66-47
Earned run average 2.93
Strikeouts 1,005
Career highlights and awards


Takahiro Norimoto (則本 昂大, Norimoto Takahiro, born December 17, 1990) is a Japanese professional baseball player. He plays for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of the Pacific League in Nippon Professional Baseball.

Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles[edit]

In 2013, Norimoto's rookie season, he pitched to a 15-8 win–loss record and a 3.34 earned run average. Norimoto won the Pacific League Rookie of the Year Award.[1][2]

In 2015, Norimoto led the Pacific League in strikeouts for the second straight season, with 215. His 194.2 innings also led the league. He finished third in ERA with a 2.91 mark. Despite these achievements, Norimoto finished the season with a 10-11 record, his first losing campaign in his three years.

Samurai Japan[edit]

After the 2014 NPB season, Norimoto was named to the Samurai Japan national team that took on the MLB All-Stars in an exhibition series in Japan. In Game 3 of that series at the Tokyo Dome on November 15, Norimoto pitched 5 perfect innings and struck out 6 with just 60 pitches and earned the win in what would turn out to be a combined no-hitter by Samurai Japan.[3] The MLB lineup featured six All-Stars but collected just four base runners, losing 4-0.

Playing style[edit]

Norimoto is a 5 ft 10 in, 180 lb right-handed pitcher. With a three-quarters delivery he throws a fastball, a forkball, and a solid slider.[4] He recorded a career-high 98 mph when he worked in relief.[5]

He won 4 times strikeout titles, and posting a K/9 of 9.4 in his NPB career.[6][7]


  1. ^ Coskrey, Jason (October 27, 2013). "Rookie Norimoto gives Eagles hope for promising future". The Japan Times. Archived from the original on December 17, 2013. Retrieved December 16, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Ogawa, Norimoto win Rookie of the Year awards". The Japan Times. November 25, 2013. Archived from the original on December 17, 2013. Retrieved December 16, 2013. 
  3. ^ Nowak, Joey. "Takahiro Norimoto leads Japan's combined no-hitter vs. MLB". MLB.com. Retrieved 15 February 2016. 
  4. ^ "Norimoto, three relievers toss combined no-hitter against MLB All-Stars". The Japan Times. The Japan Times. 2014-11-15. Retrieved 2015-01-18. 
  5. ^ "侍則本3者三振「小林さんとコミュニケーション」". Nikkan Sports. Nikkan Sports. 2017-03-19. Retrieved 2017-06-01. 
  6. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=norimo000tak
  7. ^ http://www.kahoku.co.jp/tohokunews/201610/20161006_14032.html

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