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Kazuhiro Sasaki
Kazuhiro Sasaki

Kazuhiro "Daimajin" Sasaki (佐々木主浩 Sasaki Kazuhiro, born February 22, 1968 in Sendai, Japan) is a retired relief pitcher. In his prime, he was one of the premier relievers in both the Japanese and American professional baseball leagues. He threw and batted right-handed. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (216x650, 34 KB) Summary Kazuhiro Sasaki, own work taken at Seattle on May 22, 2002 Licensing File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Kazuhiro Sasaki User:Galaksiafervojo Metadata... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (216x650, 34 KB) Summary Kazuhiro Sasaki, own work taken at Seattle on May 22, 2002 Licensing File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Kazuhiro Sasaki User:Galaksiafervojo Metadata... February 22 is the 53rd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ... Downtown Sendai from Sendai Castles reconstructed guardhouse Sendai ) is the capital city of Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, and the largest city in the Tōhoku (northeast) region. ... A relief pitcher warms up in the bullpen as the game goes on A relief pitcher or reliever is a baseball or softball pitcher who enters the game after the starting pitcher is removed due to injury, ineffectiveness and/or fatigue. ...

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Career

After playing college baseball for Tohoku Fukushi University, Sasaki was drafted with the seventh pick in the first round of the 1989 draft by the Yokohama Taiyo Whales (now named Yokohama BayStars) in Japan's Central League. He played for them from 1990-99 before joining the Seattle Mariners in 2000, when he was named the American League Rookie of the Year. He decided to leave the Mariners before the last year of his contract in 2004 giving up $8.5 million, citing his desire to be with his family in Japan. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Tohoku University. ... The Yokohama BayStars (横浜ベイスターズ) is a professional baseball team in Japans Central League. ... See also: Central League (football) The Central League (セントラル・リーグ Sentoraru Riigu) is one of Japans two major professional baseball leagues (the other is the Pacific League). ... Major league affiliations American League (1977-present) West Division (1977-present) Major league titles World Series titles (0) None AL Pennants (0) None West Division titles (3) [1] 2001 â€¢ 1997 â€¢ 1995 Wild card berths (1) 2000 Best Finish: Beat New York Yankees in Division Series in 1995 Season. ... See also: 1999 in sports, other events of 2000, 2001 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Dale Jarrett won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Bobby Labonte Indy Racing League - Buddy Lazier won the season championship Indianapolis 500- Juan Pablo Montoya CART Racing... In Major League Baseball, the Rookie of the Year Award is given to the best first-year players in the American and National Leagues. ... This article is about general United States currency. ...


Sasaki resumed his career with the Bay Stars upon returning to Japan. Unfortunately for him, nagging injuries resulted in his release from Yokohama and subsequent retirement. His last official appearance came as a cameo against the Tokyo Giants on August 9, 2005, as he struck out his longtime friend and rival Kazuhiro Kiyohara in a game played at Fullcast Stadium Miyagi in his hometown. The Yomiuri Giants ) are a popular Central League baseball team based at the Tokyo Dome in Bunkyo, Tokyo, Japan. ... August 9 is the 221st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (222nd in leap years), with 144 days remaining. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Fullcast Stadium Miyagi is a stadium in Sendai, Japan. ...


Besides winning the AL Rookie of the Year, Sasaki set several Japanese professional baseball records, including saves (45) and save opportunities (46) for a single season in 1998; and played twice in the All-Star game for the American League, and was selected to the All-Star team eight times while in Japan. 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... The Major League Baseball All-Star Game, also popularly known as the Midsummer Classic, is an annual exhibition baseball game between players from the National League and the American League, currently selected by fan vote for the position players and by the manager for pitchers. ...


Career statistics

Games Innings W L Save Strikeout ERA
Japan League 439 627 2/3 43 38 252 851 2.41
Major League 228 223 1/3 7 16 129 242 3.14

Life outside of baseball

In 1991 he married former idol singer Kaori Shimizu. Together they had two children. 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A Japanese idol (アイドル; aidoru) is a celebrity who achieves widespread popularity and fame in Japan largely by virtue of her looks. ... Shimizu, Kaori (清水香織) is a Japanese idol who was born on January 15, 1968 in Shizuoka. ...


After returning to Japan in 2005, Sasaki began having an affair with actress Kanako Enomoto, who was thirteen years his junior. Enomoto became pregnant and Kaori divorced Sasaki on March 18, 2005. Kanako gave birth prematurely on April 29, 2005.[1] The affair has caused the popularity of Sasaki and Enomoto to drop considerably. Kanako Enomoto (榎本加奈子 Enomoto Kanako, born 29 September 1980) is a Japanese actress and model. ... March 18 is the 77th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (78th in leap years). ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... April 29 is the 119th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (120th in leap years). ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Sasaki's interest in sports extend outside of baseball. In 2002 and 2003, he lent his name and his pocketbook to Formula Nippon, an auto racing series in Japan. His Team 22 won two races in that time. He is known to wear a half sleeved shirt no matter what the weather is. He has also appeared as a judge on the Iron Chef television program. For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Formula Nippon is a type of formula racing and the top level of open-wheeled racing in Japan. ... Auto racing (also known as automobile racing, autosport or motorsport) is a sport involving racing automobiles. ... Iron Chef Hiroyuki Sakai Iron Chef is a Japanese television program produced by FujiTV. The original Japanese title is Ironmen of Cooking ). It began airing on October 10, 1993 as a half-hour show, and after 23 episodes was expanded to a one-hour format. ...


Other notes

He had a side recording career, with an album of his vocals over techno beats.


He chose 22 for his uniform number, because he was born at 2:22 on February 22. February 22 is the 53rd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ...


External links

  • Sasaki's MLB career stats
  • DAIMAJIN-SASAKI.com
Preceded by:
Carlos Beltrán
American League Rookie of the Year
2000
Succeeded by:
Ichiro Suzuki

  Results from FactBites:
 
Kazuhiro Sasaki Baseball Stats by Baseball Almanac (296 words)
Kazuhiro Sasaki was born on Thursday, February 22, 1968, in Sendai City, Japan.
Sasaki was 32 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 5, 2000, with the Seattle Mariners.
His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Kazuhiro Sasaki baseball stats page.
Kazuhiro Sasaki in 2001 (2350 words)
Sasaki came on in the 9th inning with the team behind the Oakland Athletics, but he made the situation worse for his team by giving up 2 runs.
Sasaki was on in the 9th inning to face the Cleveland Indians with the game 2 to 2, a tie.
Sasaki hadn't been pitching in a game for a while, so he came up to pitch although the Mariners were way ahead of the San Diego Padres.
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