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Takahashi with the Yomiuri Giants
|Born: April 3, 1975|
Chiba, Chiba, Japan
|April 3rd, 1998, for the Yomiuri Giants|
|Career statistics |
(through 2015 season)
|Olympic medal record|
Yoshinobu Takahashi ( , born April 3, 1975) is a Japanese former professional baseball player and manager. He spent his entire playing career with the Yomiuri Giants and served as the team's manager for three seasons. He graduated from Keio University.
A superb contact hitter, he is also known for his exemplary defensive play. He won the Golden Glove award in six consecutive years between 1998 and 2003. Despite his brilliant records, Takahashi has injured himself numerous times over the years going after fly balls. The injuries primarily resulted from his play style, in which he does not give up on fly balls until they hit the ground. His first injury was on September 14, 1999, at a Chunichi Dragons game, where he jumped diagonally against the outfield fence, causing a fractured shoulder bone.
He was selected to be part of the Japanese Olympic baseball team for the 2004 Summer Olympics, and contributed to the team's bronze medal.
Takahashi served as the Giants' manager from 2016 to 2018. He will remain with the Giants as a special adviser.
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