Norimoto in college (2012)
|Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles – No. 14|
|Born:December 17, 1990|
|March 29, 2013, for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles|
|Earned run average||2.94|
|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
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.
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. The MLB lineup featured six All-Stars but collected just four base runners, losing 4-0.
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. He recorded a career-high 98 mph when he worked in relief.
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- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference (Minors)
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