Kazuhiro Sasaki Stats

Kazuhiro Sasaki was born on Thursday, February 22, 1968, in Sendai City, Japan. Sasaki was 32 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 5, 2000, with the Seattle Mariners. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Kazuhiro Sasaki baseball stats page.

"At 36 (when he left MLB and a $8.5 million dollar salary) Sasaki was not that old for a major league pitcher, perhaps, but ancient by the standards of the NPB. (Sasaki missed much of the 1999 season with Yokohama because of arm surgery.) His lifestyle didn't help. The 6'4", 220-pound reliever, nicknamed Daimajin after a giant stone samurai that comes to life on celluloid to rescue imperiled villagers, had lived alone in a Mercer Island condominium while with the Mariners . He bought a silver Porsche, frequented Seattle watering holes and was spotted hanging out at the University of Washington student union. On the road he was often wined and dined at expensive Japanese-only nightclubs by wealthy businessmen residing in the U.S." - Robert Whiting in Sports Illustrated (03/22/2004, Volume 100, Issue 12, 'Lost in Translation', Source )
Kazuhiro Sasaki

Kazuhiro Sasaski Autograph on a 2001 Fleer Tradition (#331)
Kazuhiro Sasaski Autograph on a 2001 Fleer Tradition (#331)

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Birth Name:
Kazuhiro Sasaki
Nickname:
Daimajin or Kaz
Born On:
02-22-1968  (Pisces)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Sendai City, Japan
Year of Death Data Died On:
Still Living ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Still Living
Cemetery:
n/a
High School:
Tohoku High School (Sendai City, Japan)
College:
Tohoku Fukushi University
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-04
Player Weight Chart Weight:
220
First Game:
04-05-2000 (Age 32)
Last Game:
09-28-2003
Draft:
Undrafted Free Agent
Kazuhiro Sasaki

Kazuhiro Sasaki Pitching Stats

G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
2000 32 Mariners 63 0 58 2 5 .286 3.16 0 0 37 62.2 265 42 22 25 10 31 5 78 1 2 0 0
2001 33 Mariners 69 0 63 0 4 .000 3.24 0 0 45 66.2 261 48 24 24 6 11 2 62 4 4 0 0
2002 34 Mariners 61 0 55 4 5 .444 2.52 0 0 37 60.2 249 44 17 24 6 20 4 73 6 2 0 0
2003 35 Mariners 35 0 25 1 2 .333 4.05 0 0 10 33.1 150 31 15 17 2 15 2 29 4 1 0 0
G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
4 Years 228 0 201 7 16 .304 3.14 0 0 129 223.1 925 165 78 90 24 77 13 242 15 9 0 0
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Kazuhiro Sasaki Hitting Stats

G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
2000 32 Mariners 63 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2001 33 Mariners 69 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2002 34 Mariners 61 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2003 35 Mariners 35 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
4 Years 228 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
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Kazuhiro Sasaki Fielding Stats

POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
2000 Mariners P 63 0 188 6 0.1 6 2 4 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.86
2001 Mariners P 69 0 200 9 0.1 8 6 2 1 2 n/a n/a n/a .889 1.08
2002 Mariners P 61 0 182 16 0.3 14 1 13 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .875 2.08
2003 Mariners P 35 0 100 2 0.1 2 0 2 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.54
POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
P Totals 228 0 670 33 0.1 30 9 21 3 2 n/a n/a n/a .909 1.21
4 Years 228 0 670 33 0.1 30 9 21 3 2 n/a n/a n/a .909 1.21
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Kazuhiro Sasaki Miscellaneous Stats

SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
2000 Mariners 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.52 11.20 4.45
2001 Mariners 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 5.64 8.37 1.48
2002 Mariners 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 3.65 10.83 2.97
2003 Mariners 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.93 7.83 4.05
SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
4 Years 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 3.14 9.75 3.10
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Kazuhiro Sasaki Miscellaneous Items of Interest

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Did you know that Kazuhiro Sasaki wore number 22 with the Seattle Mariners

Did you know that when Kazuhiro Sasaki saved forty-five games in 2001 , he set a new Seattle Mariners record for most saves in a season, since passed by Fernando Rodney who had 48 saves in 2014 ?

As a "rookie" (1990-1999, Nippon Professional Baseball), Kazuhiro Sasaki won both the Rookie of the Year Award and The Sporting News Rookie Pitcher of the Year , both in 2000. On April 4, 2003 , the play-by-play for a ninth inning save read:

Texas Rangers 9TH: Bloomquist Stayed in Game (DH); Greene Batted for Clark ; Sasaki Replaced Rhodes (P); Greene struck out; Everett struck out but advanced to first on a wild pitch; Young was called out on strikes; Lamb Batted for Diaz ; Lamb struck out; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Mariners 6, Rangers 4.

That 4k inning was only the nineteenth recorded instance in American League history, the second by a Seattle Mariner ( Matt Young , September 9, 1990 ). Young was a lefty, making Sasaski the first Mariners ' righty to ever stikeout four batters in the same inning .

Kazuhiro Sasaki was inducted to the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame with the class of 2014, alongside Choichi Aida, Koji Akiyama and Hideo Nomo ; Sasaki and Nomo were the first Japanese-born ballplayers from a Major League Baseball team voted into the prestigious Hall .

Last-Modified: February 1, 2018 10:05 AM EST

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