Toshiyuki Hayashi

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Toshiyuki Hayashi (林 稔幸)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 11", Weight 205 lb.

Biographical Information[edit]

Toshiyuki Hayashi has played for the Japanese national team in at least a half-dozen tournaments.

Hayashi made the industrial league Best Nine in 2006 and 2007 for his hitting with Fuji Heavy Industries. He was with Japan for the 2007 Baseball World Cup, hitting .300/.344/.433 as their primary DH but only handling one putout in 19 innings in LF and RF. His 8 RBI were second on the team behind Toshiyuki Hayashi. Despite that production, he sat out their Bronze Medal game win over the Dutch national team. In the 2010 Asian Games, he hit a two-run homer in a 3-0 win over China. In the bottom of the 9th versus Taiwan, down 3-0, he hit a three-run shot off Yao-Hsun Yang but Japan lost in extra innings. In the Bronze Medal game, he had 3 walks and a run as Japan beat China. In the 2011 Baseball World Cup, he split right field with Mitsugu Kitamichi and DH with Keiji Ikebe, hitting .222/.241/.370 with a run and two RBI in 7 games; he had 6 putouts and an assist.

In the 2012 Asian Championship, he hit .267/.313/.467 with two runs and two RBI in four games, homering off China's Xin Li. Japan won the event. He produced at a .385/.467/.462 clip in the 2014 Asian Games, with six RBI in four games, with 4 putouts, an assist and an error in right field for the Bronze Medalists. All his RBI came against China - 3 in the round-robin and 3 in the Bronze medal game. It was enough to tie Toshihiko Kuramoto and Akira Matsumoto for the team lead in RBI, one behind tournament leader Jung-ho Kang, a future major leaguer. The 35-year-old was still going strong for Japan in the 2015 Asian Championship, in which Japan finished third. Used as their DH, he went 6 for 14 with two doubles, a home run, 3 runs, 3 RBI and 3 walks. He homered off Sang-su Kim to put Japan up 1-0 against South Korea but Korea got a two-run homer in the bottom of the 9th from Ju-suk Ha to deny Japan the win. The veteran tied Takumi Harada, Kimio Watanabe and Yohei Kawato for the team lead in hits.