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Kaima Taira
Saitama Seibu Lions – No. 61
Pitcher
Born: November 15, 1999 (1999-11-15) (age 21)
Ishigaki, Okinawa, Japan
Bats: Left Throws: Right
debut
July 19, 2019, for the Saitama Seibu Lions
Career statistics
(through July 1, 2021)
Win–Loss Record 4-1
Earned Run Average 1.57
Strikeouts 134
Saves 13
Holds 60
Teams
  • Saitama Seibu Lions (2018–present)
Career highlights and awards
  • 2020 Pacific League Rookie of the Year
  • NPB All-Star (2021)

NPB record

  • 39 consecutive mound appearances without giving up a run

Kaima Taira (平良 海馬 , Taira Kaima, born November 15, 1999 in Ishigaki, Okinawa, Japan) is a Japanese professional baseball pitcher for the Saitama Seibu Lions of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB).

Career

Taira was drafted by the Saitama Seibu Lions with the team’s fourth selection in the 2017 Nippon Professional Baseball draft out of Yaeyama Commercial High School. Taira spent the 2018 season with Seibu’s farm team, posting a 5.40 ERA in 10 appearances.

On July 19, 2019, Taira made his Nippon Professional Baseball debut. He finished this season with a 2-1 record and 3.38 ERA in 26 appearances. The following season, Taira played in 54 games for Seibu, posting a stellar 1.87 ERA in 53.0 innings of work. Because of his efforts, Taira was named the 2020 Pacific League Rookie of the Year.

On June 28, 2021, Taira tied the NPB record for consecutive mound appearances without giving up a run, with 38, a record also held by former Hanshin Tigers pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa. On July 1, Taira passed Fujikawa and set a new NPB record by making his 39th consecutive mound appearance without giving up a run. Taira’s streak ended at 39 on July 6, when he allowed an RBI hit to Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters hitter Yuto Takahama. In 2021, Taira was named an NPB All-Star for the first time in his career.

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