Takeshi Yamasaki

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Takeshi Yamasaki
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First baseman, outfielder
Born: (1968-11-07) November 7, 1968 (age 48)
Aichi, Japan
Batted: Right Threw: Right
NPB debut
September 7, 1989, for the Chunichi Dragons
Last appearance
2013, for the Chunichi Dragons
NPB statistics
(through 2013 season)
Batting average .257
Hits 1,834
HRs 403
RBIs 1,205
Last updated on: 30 March 2015

Takeshi Yamasaki (山﨑 武司, Yamasaki Takeshi, born November 7, 1968, in Chita, Aichi, Japan) is a retired Japanese professional baseball player. During his 24 seasons in Nippon Professional Baseball, he played for the Chunichi Dragons, the Orix BlueWave, and the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles.

Yamasaki was selected at the number 2 draft pick for the Dragons in 1987. He helped lead the Dragons to the 1999 Japan Series (which they ultimately lost to the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks, 4-games-to-1).

On April 1, 2007, José Fernández and Yamasaki hit grand slams in the same inning for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles. Yamasaki led the Pacific League in home runs and RBI in 2007, also being selected for a Best Nine Award as a designated hitter.

Yamasaki was the MVP of the 2008 All Star Game #1. He had 2 home runs in the 2009 Climax Series.

Yamasaki was awarded the 2011 Golden Spirit Award, given to a NPB player who "best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual's contribution to his team", as voted on by members of the media.

Yamasaki played 24 years in NPB, retiring after the 2013 season with 403 home runs, placing him 17th all-time in Japanese professional baseball.