- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 5' 10", Weight 162 lb.
Tatsumi Murata pitched 15 seasons in Nippon Pro Baseball and made three All-Star teams.
Murata fanned 18 one game in high school but lost the contest when the other team's pitcher threw a no-hitter. He played for Mitsubishi Motors Kawasaki in the industrial leagues after high school. The Kintetsu Buffaloes chose him in the second round of the 1974 draft.
Murata went 12-8 with two saves and a 3.42 ERA in 1979 with 34 walks in 192 1/3 IP. He finished sixth in the Pacific League in ERA and made his first All-Star squad. He also tied for the league lead with three shutouts. He allowed two runs in 4 2/3 IP in the 1979 Japan Series.
In 1980, Murata fell to 7-7, 6.22 with two saves, giving up 165 hits and 57 walks in 136 innings. He was 0-1 with a 7.71 ERA In the 1980 Japan Series. With Kintetsu ahead of the Hiroshima Carp 3 games to 2, he started game six and was knocked out in a loss as the Carp went on to take the Series in seven games.
Murata rebounded to a 3.34 ERA in 1981 though he again was 7-7. He finished 7th in the PL in ERA, second among Muratas behind Choji Murata. In 1982, the left-hander slumped to 7-11 with a 4.27 ERA and two saves. He did make his second All-Star team.
In a reduced role in 1983, Murata was 2-6 with a 5.00 ERA in 25 games. He had a 4-9, 4.81 record in 1984. In 1985, Tatsumi was 9-14 with two saves and a 4.44 ERA, allowing 202 hits and 81 walks in 184 2/3 IP while striking out only 57. He still made his third and last All-Star team.
The Yokota native had a 14-10, 4.08 record in 1986. In 1987, Murata was 4-7 with a save and a 4.92 ERA; he led the PL with 9 hit batsmen. He had one last good season in 1988, going 10-3 with a 3.32 ERA and again showing good control (28 BB in 124 2/3 IP) as in the early part of his career.
Murata had a career record of 85-90 with 10 saves and a 4.19 ERA in 404 games.
After retiring as a pitcher, Murata has worked as a TV baseball commentator and a coach with the Buffaloes.
Source: Japan Baseball Daily