Tsuneo Horiuchi

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Tsuneo Horiuchi
堀内 恒夫
Tsuneo Horiuchi (2010).jpg
Pitcher
Born: (1948-01-16) January 16, 1948 (age 70)
Kōfu, Yamanashi
Batted: RightThrew: Right
NPB debut
April 14, 1966, for the Yomiuri Giants
Last appearance
October 22, 1983, for the Yomiuri Giants
NPB statistics
Win–Loss 203–139
Earned run average 3.27
Strikeouts 1,865
Teams

As player

As manager

  • Yomiuri Giants (20042005)
Career highlights and awards
Member of the Japanese
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Induction 2008

Tsuneo Horiuchi(堀内 恒夫,Horiuchi Tsuneo, born January 16, 1948, in Kōfu, Yamanashi)[ citation needed ] is a former professional baseball player in Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball, and a politician. A right-handed pitcher, in 2008 he was voted into the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame. [1]

Professional baseball is played in leagues throughout the world. In these leagues and associated farm teams, baseball players are selected for their talents and are paid to play for a specific team or club system.

Nippon Professional Baseball baseball league representing the highest level of professional baseball in Japan

Nippon Professional Baseball or NPB is the highest level of baseball in Japan. Locally, it is often called Puro Yakyū (プロ野球), meaning Professional Baseball. Outside Japan, it is often just referred to as "Japanese baseball". The roots of the league can be traced back to the formation of the "Greater Japan Tokyo Baseball Club" in Tokyo, founded 1934 and the original circuit for the sport in the Empire two years later - Japanese Baseball League (1936-1949), and surprisingly even continued to play through the dark years of total warfare with Japan's invasion of Manchuria in 1931, and intervening in the Chinese Civil War in 1937 with the wider Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945), and into the greater World War II (1939-1945).

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Baseball career

Horiuchi played for the Yomiuri Giants his whole career, from 1966–1983; he was an integral part of the team's ten Japan Series championships during that period (including nine in a row).

Yomiuri Giants Nippon Professional Baseball team in the Central League

The Yomiuri Giants are a professional baseball team based in Bunkyo, Tokyo, Japan. The team competes in the Central League in Nippon Professional Baseball. They play their home games in the Tokyo Dome, opened in 1988. The team's owner is the Yomiuri Group, a media conglomerate which includes two newspapers and a television network.

The Japan Championship Series, or Japan Series is the annual championship series in Nippon Professional Baseball, the top baseball league in Japan. It is a seven-game series between the winning clubs of the league's two circuits, the Central League and the Pacific League. The Series is the highest level of play in professional baseball in Japan. It is usually played in October or November. As in all of the best-of-seven series, the first team to win four games is the overall winner and is declared the Japan Series Champion each year. The winner of the Japan Series also goes on to be the Japanese representative team in the annual Asia Series.

His first season he went 16-2 with a league-leading 1.39 earned run average, winning both the Eiji Sawamura Award and the Central League Rookie of the Year award. He led the league in winning percentage and also in most bases on balls allowed.

Earned run average

In baseball statistics, earned run average (ERA) is the mean of earned runs given up by a pitcher per nine innings pitched. It is determined by dividing the number of earned runs allowed by the number of innings pitched and multiplying by nine. Runs resulting from defensive errors are recorded as unearned runs and omitted from ERA calculations.

Eiji Sawamura Award award

The Eiji Sawamura Award, commonly known as the Sawamura Award, is an honor bestowed upon the top starting pitcher in Nippon Professional Baseball each year.

The Nippon Professional Baseball Rookie of the Year Award is given to one player in each league of Central League and Pacific League.

He led the league in winning percentage again in 1967, going 12-2 to post an amazing two-year stretch of 28-4. That year he also threw a no-hitter, against the Hiroshima Carp. The next three seasons were all successful. but he again led the league in walks all three years. (Horiuchi also gave up 31 home runs in 1968 to lead the league.)

No-hitter also called a no-no, a baseball game in which a team was not able to record a single hit

In baseball, a no-hitter is a game in which a team was not able to record a single hit. Major League Baseball (MLB) officially defines a no-hitter as a completed game in which a team that batted in at least nine innings recorded no hits. A pitcher who prevents the opposing team from achieving a hit is said to have "thrown a no-hitter". This is a rare accomplishment for a pitcher or pitching staff: only 299 have been thrown in Major League Baseball history since 1876, an average of about two per year. In most cases in MLB, no-hitters are recorded by a single pitcher who throws a complete game; one thrown by two or more pitchers is a combined no-hitter. The most recent no-hitter by a single pitcher was thrown on May 8, 2018 by James Paxton of the Seattle Mariners against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. The most recent combined no-hitter was thrown on May 4, 2018 by Walker Buehler, Tony Cingrani, Yimi Garcia, and Adam Liberatore of the Los Angeles Dodgers against the San Diego Padres at Estadio de Béisbol Monterrey.

1972 was Horiuchi's finest season, as he went 26-9 with a 2.91 ERA and 26 complete games, again winning the Eiji Sawamura Award (this despite the fact he led the league in hits and home runs allowed). That year he also won the Central League MVP.

Nippon Professional Baseball Most Valuable Player Award

The Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award is an honor given annually in baseball to two outstanding players in Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB), one each for the Central League and Pacific League.

In 1974 Horiuchi led the Central League in complete games with 21.[ citation needed ]

Horiuchi finished his career with 203 wins, earning him a spot in Meikyukai.

He managed the Yomiuri Giants in 2004–2005 (the team went 133-144 under his leadership). He has also acted as a TV analyst for Giants broadcasts.

Politics

Horiuchi stood as a candidate of the House of Councillors election, 2010 for the LDP [2] but lost. Receiving 101,840 preference votes nationwide, he ranked 13th on the LDP list [3] – the party received only twelve proportional seats – and was thus the top replacement candidate for a possible kuriage-tōsen, i.e. the first candidate to be elected without an additional vote if an LDP proportional seat in the 2010 class of Councillors fell vacant. As a result, he became a member of the House of Councillors in the proportional representation segment of the class of 2010 in August 2013 as the replacement for Hirohiko Nakamura, who died on July 31, 2013.[ citation needed ]

Statistics

YearNo.GCGSONoBBWLSW%BFIPHitsHRBBHBPKsWPBalksRERERA
1966 21331471162.889714181.012556941175034281.39
1967 18231320122.857609149.01267591826041362.17
1968 4012301710.630845206.21533110541424081763.30
1969 4112401413.5191004236.22112110761606194823.11
1970 4218101810.6431130282.22022210372282082652.07
1971 401430148.636924226.0183188261557083783.11
1972 482641269.7431282312.029234953203301101012.91
1973 3915211217.414953221.023828706113111171114.52
1974 46213119111.6331106276.22173180712720101822.66
1975 3882110180.357893213.22122875611841100903.79
1976 3411201460.700763177.117323714822084783.97
1977 344111093.526657151.116320535863081774.59
1978 357311290.571829201.0190225931131086793.54
1979 24100470.36440086.111116352591068646.70
1980 19200351.37531975.07812221580043364.32
1981 9000130.2509222.027310111016114.50
1982 4000000.000297.08000200533.86
1983 110001011.0007919.216291900994.12
Career5661783772031396.59412628304527253231095661865483123511063.27

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References

  1. Whiting, Robert, "Kawakami's philosophy as manager never wavered", Japan Times , 28 November 2013, p. 16, retrieved 28 November 2013
  2. Parties pin poll hopes on sports star power
  3. Yomiuri Shimbun, Councillors election special 2010, proportional results: Liberal Democratic Party
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Tatsunori Hara
Yomiuri Giants manager
2004 2005
Succeeded by
Tatsunori Hara