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Nobuhiro Takashiro

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 6", Weight 162 lb.

Nobuhiro Takashiro played every infield position in a 11-year career in Nippon Pro Baseball.

Takashiro won a Tokyo Big Six University League batting title in the fall of 1975. He went on to play for Toshiba in the industrial leagues. He was a number-one draft pick of the Nippon Ham Fighters in 1978. He hit .249/.278/.355 as a rookie in 1979 and stole 14 bases in 19 tries. His first homer came in mid-May against Osamu Higashio. He made the Pacific League All-Star team that season and won the PL Diamond Glove Award at shortstop.

In 1980, Nobuhiro batted .269/.332/.345 and was named to the Pacific League Best Nine as the shortstop. He also made his second All-Star team. He hit .268/.306/.382 in 1981 then went 5 for 22 in the 1981 Japan Series, which Nippon Ham lost.

Takashiro hit .262/.321/.338 in 1982. In 1983, he batted .275/.347/.386 with 12 steals in 15 tries and 9 home runs and made his third and last All-Star team. He hit .262/.316/.439 in only 33 games in 1984 then returned to regular action in 1985, batting .271/.341/.408 with 11 homers.

Takashiro slumped to .225/.308/.346 in 1986, his last year as a starter. He hit .197/.309/.252 in 58 games in 1987 and went 0 for 12 with a run in 1988. He moved to the Hiroshima Carp in 1989, when he hit .250/.286/.281 in 24 games.

Overall, in 917 games in NPB, Takashiro hit .256/.319/.361. He stole 54 bases in 83 tries and scored 406 runs while driving home 346.

In 1990, Takashiro transitioned to coaching with Hiroshima. He later coached for the Chunichi Dragons, Nippon Ham Fighters and Chiba Lotte Marines. He coached for Japan in the 2009 World Baseball Classic, which they won.

Source: Japan Baseball Daily by Gary Garland

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