Motoyuki Akahori

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Motoyuki Akahori

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Biographical Information[edit]

Pitcher Motoyuki Akahori played in Nippon Pro Baseball from 1989 to 2004, spending his entire 16-season career with the Kintetsu Buffaloes of the Pacific League. He was almost exclusively used as a reliever, as only 20 of his 380 career games came as a starting pitcher, and 8 of these were in 2001. He twice won in double figures, going 11-4 in 1992 and 10-7 in 1997. He was in double figures in saves every season from 1992 to 1997, with 20 or more saves in five of these six seasons with a high of 26 in 1993. He was named the Fireman of the Year in the Pacific League five different times, in 1992-1994, 1996 and 1997.

Kintetsu played in the Nippon Series twice during his tenure with the club, in his very first season in 1989, when they lost to the Yomiuri Giants, and in 2001 when they lost to the Yakult Swallows. He was not a front line player in either of these seasons, and it's not clear whether he appeared in the championship series.

On May 29, 1991, he put his name in the history books when he gave up a homer to pitcher Don Schulze of the Orix Blue Wave. It was the first homer hit by a pitcher in a Pacific League game since the introduction of the DH two decades earlier.

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