Keishi Suzuki
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Keishi Suzuki
Keishi Suzuki
Kintetsu Buffaloes - No. 1
Pitcher
Born: (1947-09-28) September 28, 1947 (age 72)
Nishiwaki, Hy?go, Japan
Batted: Left Threw: Left
debut
1966, for the Kintetsu Buffaloes
Last appearance
1985, for the Kintetsu Buffaloes
Career statistics
Win-loss record317-238
Earned run average3.11
Strikeouts3,061
Teams
As player

As manager

Career highlights and awards
Member of the Japanese
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Induction2002

Keishi Suzuki ( , Suzuki Keishi, born September 28, 1947) is a Japanese former professional baseball pitcher in Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB). He played for the Kintetsu Buffaloes from 1966 to 1985.[1] A member of both Meikyukai and the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame, his 317 career victories ranks him fourth on the all-time NPB list.

Biography

Suzuki attended Ikuei High School, and was drafted by the Buffaloes at age 18.

In 1967, Suzuki led the Pacific League (PL) in strikeouts with 222. In 1968, he led the PL again, this time with 305 strikeouts. (He led the NPB in innings pitched that season as well, with 359.) 1969 was a banner year for Suzuki, as he led NPB in victories, strikeouts, and innings pitched. In 1970 he again led the PL in strikeouts, with 247. He was the Pacific League ERA champion in 1978, with a mark of 2.02. Altogether, he led NPB in strikeouts in eight separate seasons.[2] With 71 career shutouts, he ranks fifth all-time in Japanese professional baseball.[2]

Suzuki was also a fairly good hitter for a pitcher, with a lifetime .209 batting average and 13 home runs in the nine seasons he batted before the Pacific League implemented the designated hitter in 1975.[1]

After his playing career, he was the manager of the Kintetsu Buffaloes from 1993 to 1995, where he managed Hideo Nomo (although the two men did not get along).[3]

He was elected to the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame in 2002.[4] With 200+ victories, he is also a member of Meikyukai. His number 1 jersey was retired by the Buffaloes before their merger with the Orix BlueWave.

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Keishi Suzuki," Baseball-Reference.com. Accessed April 5, 2015.
  2. ^ a b Wilbert, Warren N. The Shutout in Major League Baseball: A History (McFarland, 2013), p. 108.
  3. ^ "Foreign Intrigue: Nomo Baffles Hitters As He Awaits First Win," Philly.com (May 26, 1995).
  4. ^ "Suzuki, Keishi". The Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Retrieved 2014.

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