Tomoaki Sato (satoto01)

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Tomoaki Sato (佐藤 友昭)

  • Bats Left, Throws Left
  • Height 6' 0", Weight 194 lb.

Tomoaki Sato was an amateur outfielder. He played at times for the Japanese national team. In the 1994 Baseball World Cup, he hit .378/.439/.649 with 3 home runs, 8 runs and 11 RBI in 10 games. He tied Toshihisa Nishi for the team lead in homers. In the Bronze Medal game, he went 1 for 4 with a run and RBI as Japan's cleanup man as the team won Bronze. He joined Ermidelio Urrutia and Kyung-hwan Cho on the All-Tournament outfield.

During the 1995 Intercontinental Cup, he was 5 for 18 with a double, triple, home run and 6 RBI in 7 games as a DH/LF. In the Gold Medal game, he hit 6th and was 2 for 3 with a double and walk in a loss to Cuba. In the 1996 Olympics, he batted .364/.447/.636 with 8 runs and 7 RBI in 9 games at DH. In the Gold Medal game, he was 0 for 3 with a walk against Omar Luis and Pedro Luis Lazo in a 13-9 loss. Through 2009, it was the closest Japan has come to a Gold in the Olympics.