Hisashi Takeda (武田 久)
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 5' 7", Weight 160 lb.
Hisashi Takeda has been an effective reliever several years for the Nippon Ham Fighters.
Takeda was 23-18 with a 2.27 ERA in college. He then played for Nippon Express in the industrial leagues.
Hisashi was drafted by the Fighters in the 4th round in 2002. He was 1-0 in 2003 with a 3.06 ERA and 10 hits in 17 2/3 innings. Takeda walked 11 and gave up six runs in 7 1/3 innings in 2004. He had a breakout year in 2005, with a 2-0 record, two saves and a 0.79 ERA; he allowed a .197 average and 4 walks in 34 1/3 IP.
Takeda's 2005 earned him a significantly increased role in 2006. He formed an excellent bullpen trio with Hideki Okajima and closer Michael Nakamura for Nippon Ham; Hisashi was 5-3 with 3 saves and a 2.09 ERA in 75 games. He walked only 8 in 81 2/3 innings and surrendered just a single home run. The right-hander led the Pacific League in appearances. On April 15, he teamed with Tomoya Yagi and Nakamura for the first combined no-hitter in Nippon Pro Baseball in 65 years, a 12-inning affair versus the Softbank Hawks. He made his first PL All-Star tean,
In the 2006 Japan Series, Takeda allowed one run in six innings as Nippon Ham took its first title. Hisashi was 7-6 with two saves and a 2.42 ERA in 2007 in 64 games, second in the league to Koki Watanabe's 65. He was again an All-Star. He gave up one run in three innings in the 2007 Japan Series.
Takeda faded in 2008, with a 4-7 record, six saves and a 4.40 ERA. He still made his third All-Star squad. He was fifth with 62 appearances.
Takeda became Nippon Ham's closer when they traded away Nakamura after 2008. He more than responded with a 3-0 record, 34 saves and a 1.20 ERA in 2009, leading the league in saves and making his fourth straight All-Star team.