Keishi Asano

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Keishi Asano

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 9", Weight 165 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Keichi Asano pitched for 18 years in Nippon Pro Baseball. The Sankei Atoms took him in the 9th round in 1966 out of high school. As a rookie in 1967, he was 8-10 with a 2.77 ERA in 50 games, just missing the top 10 in ERA in the Central League. He fell to 4-6, 4.29 in 1968. In 1969, Asano went 9-6 with a 2.64 ERA and .229 opponent average in 54 games. He tied Shoichi Ono for 8th in the league in ERA.

Asano had a 6-12, 3.88 record in 1970. He was 7-14 with a 3.20 ERA in 1971 while moving more into the rotation. His ledger in 1972 read 6-14, 3.96. In 1973, he was 14-12 with a 2.37 ERA and .216 opponent average. He tied for sixth in the league in ERA.

Keishi was 12-15 with five saves and a 2.39 ERA in 1974, allowing only 202 hits in 256 innings. He made his first and only CL All-Star squad. He finished second in the circuit in ERA behind only Shitoshi Sekimoto. He faded badly in 1975 with a 1-4, 6.63 record and .335 opponent average. He was 3-6 with a save and a 3.51 ERA in 1976.

Moving to the Yomiuri Giants in 1977, Asano won Comeback Player of the Year honors, going 9-4 with a save and a 2.51 ERA. He won game 3 of the 1977 Japan Series for Yomiuri's lone win of the Series but dropped game four; overall, he gave up 6 runs in 4 1/3 IP in the '77 Series, his only time pitching in a Japan Series.

Asano was 2-3 with a 5.72 ERA in 1978, walking 29 in 45 2/3 IP. He went 2-3 again in 1979, allowing a .306 average. He gave up 3 runs in 7 innings in 1980.

Keishi had a 1-2, 3.95 record in 1981. In 1982, he went 2-4 with 3 saves and a 2.53 ERA. He was 0-1 in 1983, allowing 19 runs and 26 hits in only 18 innings. He pitched 18 games in 1984 with a 4.13 ERA and no decisions.

Overall, Asano threw 542 games in Nippon Pro Baseball with a 86-116 record and 10 saves. He had a 3.39 ERA and struck out 1,043 batters in 1,715 2/3 innings, allowing 1,558 hits and 563 walks.

After retiring as a player, he was a commentator for Radio Japan. He then was a pitching coach for the Yakult Swallows (1990-1997) and Nippon Ham Fighters (1998-1999). He coached for Nippon Ham's minor league club from 2000-2002.

From 2003-2005, he coached for Taiwan's China Trust Whales. He became head coach at a college in Japan in 2007.

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