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Takashi Kita (喜多 隆志)

  • Bats Left, Throws Left
  • Height 6' 0", Weight 171 lb.

Takashi Kita was an outfielder for the Chiba Lotte Marines.

Kita helped his high school win the 1997 summer Koshien tournament. As a senior, he hit .535 to set a new Tokyo Big Six University League record. He made the Best Nine three times in college.

In the 2001 Asian Championship, Kita helped the Japanese national team win a Bronze Medal. He joined Yuan-Chia Chen and Yong-taik Park on the All-Tournament outfield. Kita was picked by the Chiba Lotte Marines in the first round in 2001.

Kita suffered a broken bone in his left ankle and could not play as a rookie until the end of April . His first hit came in drastic fashion, with a game-winning single in the 9th off the Daiei Hawks' Kazuhiko Iijima. His second hit was also a game-winning, game-ending hit, the first player ever to accomplish that with his first two pro hits.

Kita finished the 2002 season with just a .220/.264/.280 batting line in 19 games, with 3 RBI altogether. He hit .234/.250/.298 in 34 games in 2003. Overall, he batted .227/.257/.298 in 97 AB and 53 games in Nippon Pro Baseball. He never played in NPB after 2003 and was released by the Marines in 2006.

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