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Koji Uehara
上原 浩治
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Koji Uehara with the Baltimore Orioles
Born: April 3, 1975 (1975-04-03) (age 46)
Neyagawa, Osaka, Japan
Batted: Right Threw: Right
Professional debut
NPB: March 29, 1999, for the Yomiuri Giants
MLB: April 8, 2009, for the Baltimore Orioles
Last appearance
MLB: September 2, 2017, for the Chicago Cubs
NPB: 2019, for the Yomiuri Giants
NPB statistics
Win–loss record 112–67
Earned run average 3.03
Strikeouts 1,410
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 22–26
Earned run average 2.66
Strikeouts 572
Saves 95
Career highlights and awards
  • 9× All-Star (1999–2005, 2007, 2018)
  • 2× Japan Series champion (2000, 2002)
  • 2× Eiji Sawamura Award (1999, 2002)
  • Triple Crown (1999)
  • Central League Rookie of the Year (1999)
  • 2× Golden Glove (1999, 2003)
  • 2× Best Nine Award (1999, 2002)
  • 2× NPB wins leader (1999, 2002)
  • 2× NPB ERA leader (1999, 2004)
  • 2× NPB strikeout leader (1999, 2003)


Koji Uehara (上原 浩治 , Uehara Kōji, born April 3, 1975) is a former Japanese professional baseball pitcher. He played for the Yomiuri Giants of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB), as well as the Baltimore Orioles, Texas Rangers, Boston Red Sox, and Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball (MLB).

A right-handed pitcher, Uehara has an MLB career strikeout rate of 10.7 K/9 innings and a walk rate of 1.5 BB/9 (through the 2017 season). Through the 2017 season, his career 7.33 K/BB is the best in MLB history for a player with at least 100 innings pitched. He won the 2013 ALCS MVP Award, and closed the final game of the 2013 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. With his World Series win, he became one of sixteen players in history to have won both a World Series and a World Baseball Classic.

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