Kosuke Noda

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Kosuke Noda (野田 浩輔)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 11", Weight 198 lb.

Kosuke Noda has been a catcher with the Seibu Lions.

Noda was 1 for 4 for Japan in the 2000 Olympics and did not play in the Bronze Medal game. He was picked by Seibu in the 6th round of the 2000 draft. Kosuke was 9 for 47 with a double in 33 games in 2002 as the backup to Tsutomu Itoh then was 0 for 2 in the 2002 Japan Series.

In 2003, he hit .222/.306/.349 in 36 games as a third-stringer behind Toru Hosokawa and Itoh. On September 30, he cracked his first homer, off Mac Suzuki. He batted .239/.276/.380 in 37 contests in 2004, backing up Hosokawa. He saw regular action in the 2004 Japan Series but went 0 for 10 with a walk; Seibu still took the title.

Kosuke was 11 for 48 with 3 walks, 2 doubles and a homer in 2005 and 4 for 15 with a triple in 2006. He went 7 for 25 with four walks in 2007 and 1 for 9 in 2008. He was 0 for 1 with a walk in the 2008 Japan Series. His walk came at a crucial time; with a 2-2 tie in the 8th inning of game 7, he coaxed a free pass with one on and two out from Daisuke Ochi. Hiroshi Hirao then singled in the Series winner.

Kosuke was 0 for 10 with a walk in 22 games in 2009. Through '09, his career batting line was .220/.269/.314 in 189 games.

Sources: Japanbaseballdaily.com, Defunct IBAF site