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Taketoshi Goto (後藤武敏)
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 9", Weight 185 lb.
Taketoshi Goto was a high school and professional teammate of Daisuke Matsuzaka.
Goto went 3 for 11 in the 2001 Baseball World Cup, backing up Akihiro Higashide at third base. Goto hit .190/.370/.286 as Japan's first baseman in the 2002 World University Championship. He was drafted by the Seibu Lions out of college. He had a fine rookie year in 2003, hitting .262/.312/.460 in 252 AB over 101 games as a frequently-used DH and pinch-hitter; he also subbed for Alex Cabrera at first base. He slumped to .191/.269/.234 in 24 games in 2004 and .205/.340/.308 in 25 games the next year. Goto did not play for Seibu in 2006. When Takeya Nakamura struggled in 2007, Goto got a chance at third but only hit .162/.220/.162.
Moved to left field in 2008, Goto rebounded with a .301/.370/.602 batting line and 12 homers in 166 AB.