Takashi Tachikawa

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Takashi Tachikawa (立川 隆史)

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Biographical Information[edit]

Outfielder Takashi Tachikawa played in the California League in 1995 and in Japan from 1996 to 2004.

Prior to playing professionally, he appeared in one Koshien Tournament, in 1992. The Chiba Lotte Marines took him in the second round of the 1993 NPB draft. He spent 1994 in ni-gun then was farmed for the Visalia Oaks in 1995, hitting .176/.227/.235 with one home run and 14 RBI in 47 games. In 119 at-bats, he struck out 28 times with only eight walks. The lone positive was six outfield assists in 36 games.

He moved across the ocean for the 1996 season, playing for the Marines and hitting .172/.226/.172 in 29 at-bats. In 1997, he hit .274/.320/.401 with seven home runs and 20 RBI in 76 games, his best season. He won a regular outfield slot - only Kenji Morozumi had more at-bats by a Chiba Lotte flyhawk that year as Morozumi, Tachikawa, Iwao Omura, Mark Carreon, Mitsuchika Hirai and Jason Thompson battled for time.

The following year, his average dropped to .216/.324/.333 as he hit only two home runs with six RBI in 81 games (153 at-bats). With Julio Franco added at second base, Koichi Hori moved to the outfield to join Morozumi, Hirai and Omura as the top four outfielders. In 1999, Tachikawa played in only 14 games and hit .136 in 22 at-bats. He rebounded slightly in 2000, hitting .244/.339/.369 with three home runs and 20 RBI in 160 at-bats. That year, he battled for time with Morozumi, Saburo Omura, Kazuya Fukuura, Jeff Barry, Hirai and Akira Otsuka.

In 2001, he hit .250/.361/.380 with two home runs and four RBI in 35 games and in 2002 he hit .238/.298/.357 with six home runs and 30 RBI in 89 games while splitting right field with Morozumi. The following year, 2003, he hit .240/.318/.380 with seven home runs and 31 RBI in 94 games. He led the 2003 Marines in games played in the outfield, edging out Rick Short (who also saw action at third base). He was traded to the Hanshin Tigers for Koji Hirashita. With Hanshin for the 2004 season, he hit .171/.302/.257 in 35 at-bats.

Overall, Tachikawa played nine years in Japan, hitting .239/.317/.360 with 28 home runs and 116 RBI in 515 games.

After his playing career ended, he coached with the Makoto Cobras of the CPBL in 2006.

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