Iguchi with the Chiba Lotte Marines
|Chiba Lotte Marines - No. 6|
|Second baseman / Manager|
|Born: December 4, 1974|
Nishit?ky?, Tokyo Japan
|NPB: May 3, 1997, for the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks|
|MLB: April 4, 2005, for the Chicago White Sox|
|MLB: September 28, 2008, for the Philadelphia Phillies|
|NPB: September 24, 2017, for the Chiba Lotte Marines|
|Runs batted in||1,017|
|Runs batted in||205|
|Career highlights and awards|
Tadahito Iguchi ( , Iguchi Tadahito, born December 4, 1974), nicknamed "Gucci", is a Japanese former professional baseball second baseman and current manager of the Chiba Lotte Marines of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB).
Iguchi began playing in high school and after graduating in 1993, went to Aoyama Gakuin University where he distinguished himself by hitting the Tohto University Baseball League record of eight home runs in a season and winning the triple crown. He was a member of Japanese National Team in 1996 Summer Olympics that won the silver medal.
In his debut year of 1997, he hit a grand slam in the first game of his professional career. He suffered a shoulder injury in the 2000 season and had a surgery which ended his season. He recovered fully in 2001 hitting 30 home runs and leading the league with a personal best 44 stolen bases. In 2003, he hit over .300, had over 100 RBI and led the league in steals.
He left Fukuoka Daiei after the 2004 season to play for the Chicago White Sox. During the 2005 MLB season, he had a .278 batting average with 15 home runs and 15 stolen bases. In the 2005 Divisional Series, he hit a go-ahead 3-run home run in Game 2 against the Boston Red Sox.
In 2006, Iguchi had two multi-homer games, both times hitting a grand slam (during the May 20, 2006 game involving a bench-clearing brawl) and another home run.
On September 5, 2008, Philadelphia signed Iguchi, making it the second time the team had acquired him, in less than 14 months. Because Iguchi joined the Phillies after September 1, he was ineligible for the team's postseason roster; thus, Iguchi was not with the Phillies when they defeated the Tampa Bay Rays in the World Series (although he did receive a World Series ring).
Iguchi announced his retirement from baseball after the close of the 2017 season in Japan.