How hard does Masahiro Tanaka throw
Masahiro Tanaka at the pitch (2015)
|New York Yankees - No. 19|
|Born: November 1st, 1988|
|Beats: Right||Throws: Right|
|Debut in Major League Baseball|
|April 4, 2014 in the New York Yankees|
(until September 1, 2020)
|Wins – loss||76–44|
|Last update: September 2nd, 2020|
Masahiro Tanaka (Japanese 田中 将 大; * November 1, 1988 in Itami, Hyōgo Prefecture) is a Japanese baseball player in the US Major League Baseball (MLB) position of pitcher who has been playing for the New York Yankees since 2014.
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Masahiro Tanaka was born on November 1, 1988, the oldest of two children. After graduating from school, the Japanese professional teams Hokkaidō Nippon Ham Fighters, Yokohama DeNA BayStars, Tōhoku Rakuten Golden Eagles and Orix Buffaloes wanted to sign him. In the autumn 2006 draft, Tanaka was drafted in the first round by the Golden Eagles.
Tanaka made his debut as a professional baseball player at the age of 18 for the season opening of the Golden Eagles on March 29, 2007 in the position of the pitcher. He finished the season by winning eleven games and losing seven in 28 starts, with an Earned Run Average (ERA) of 3.82.
With the national team he took part in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing and won the gold medal at the World Baseball Classic in 2009.
In January 2013 Tanaka publicly expressed interest in switching to the MLB for the 2014 season. In December 2013, Tanaka was courted by the MLB teams with high bonus payments. The Arizona Diamondbacks, the New York Yankees, the Texas Rangers, the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Chicago Cubs, the Los Angeles Angels, the Boston Red Sox, the Atlanta Braves, the Chicago White Sox and the Seattle Mariners, among others, offered him one Signing Bonus of over $ 20 million. In January 2014 Tanaka signed a contract with the New York Yankees from the American League (AL).
In 2012 Tanaka announced his wedding to actress Mai Satoda. The two married that same year and have a son.
- ↑ Barry Bearak: A passion to pitch. In: The New York Times. March 29, 2014, ISSN 0362-4331 (nytimes.com [accessed on February 4, 2020]).
- ↑ KYODO: Rakuten gives Tanaka big raise. japantimes.co.jp, December 14, 2007, accessed February 4, 2020 (Japanese).
- ↑ JASON COSKREY: Darvish, young pitchers set to play vital role in WBC title defense. japantimes.co.jp, February 24, 2009, accessed February 4, 2020 (Japanese).
- ↑Agent: Yanks land Tanaka with $ 155M deal. January 22, 2014, accessed February 4, 2020.
- ↑Satoda Mai & Tanaka Masahiro to hold wedding ceremony in Hawaii | tokyohive.com. Accessed February 4, 2020.
Categories:Baseball player (New York Yankees) | Baseball player (Japan) | Olympian (Japan) | Participants in the 2008 Summer Olympics | Japanese | Born in 1988 | Man | Sportsman of the Year (Japan)
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