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Masahiro Tanaka
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Masahiro Tanaka with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles
New York Yankees – No. 19
Starting pitcher
Born: November 1, 1988 (1988-11-01) (age 31)
Itami, Hyōgo, Japan
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Professional debut
NPB: March 29, 2007, for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles
MLB: April 4, 2014, for the New York Yankees
NPB statistics
Win–loss record 99–35
Earned run average 2.30
Strikeouts 1,238
MLB statistics
(through June 29, 2019)
Win–loss record 69–39
Earned run average 3.61
Strikeouts 883
Teams
Career highlights and awards

NPB

  • Pacific League Rookie of the Year (2007)
  • Pacific League MVP (2013)
  • 6× NPB All-Star (2007–2009, 2011–2013)
  • 2× Eiji Sawamura Award (2011, 2013)
  • 2× NPB wins champion (2011, 2013)
  • 2× NPB ERA champion (2011, 2013)
  • NPB strikeout champion (2012)
  • 2× Best Nine Award (2011, 2013)
  • 3× Golden Glove Award (2011–2013)
  • Japan Series champion (2013)
  • Japan Professional Sports Grand Prize (2013)

MLB

Masahiro Tanaka (born November 1, 1988) is a Japanese professional baseball starting pitcher for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball (MLB). From 2007 through 2013, he played for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles in Nippon Professional Baseball's (NPB) Pacific League. Tanaka was posted by the Eagles after the 2013 season to be signed by an American team; he agreed to terms with the New York Yankees and signed a seven-year, $155 million contract, the fifth-largest deal ever given to a pitcher at the time.

Tanaka was the Eagles' first-round pick in the 2006 NPB amateur player draft. From 2012 to 2013, he won 26 consecutive decisions, which set a new NPB record.


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