Hisashi Iwakuma is one of the famous Baseball Player, who was born on the memorable day of April 12 in the year 1981. Hisashi Iwakuma is a proud citizen of Japan.
Japanese pitcher who was a star in the Nippon Baseball League before joining the Seattle Mariners in Major League Baseball in 2012. Prior to the 2016 MLB season, he signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Over the years, not only have skills been honed, but a significant impact has also been made in the professional field. Whether it's through work, public appearances, or contributions to the community, Hisashi Iwakuma continues to be an inspiration for many.
Details about Hisashi Iwakuma
He attended Horikoshi High School and was selected in the fifth round of the NPB Amateur Draft.
2008 was a banner year for him, winning the Pacific League MVP award and the Eiji Sawamura Award as the best starting pitcher in NPB. In 2009, he won the World Baseball Classic with Japan.
He has children named Towa and Uta. He and Mariners teammate Felix Hernandez were both All-Stars in 2013.
Hisashi Iwakuma Timeline
He picked up one more win on October 5 against the Hawks, becoming the first 21-game winner in 23 years (former Hankyu Braves right-hander Yoshinori Satoh won 21 games in 1985) and passing young rival and fellow ace Yu Darvish of the Fighters to lead the league in ERA (1.87) in his final start of the season.
While he never made it to a national tournament during his high school career, he led his team to the semi-finals of the West Tokyo Tournament as a senior in the summer of 1999.
He has played in Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) for the Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes from 2000 to 2004, Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles from 2005 to 2011, and Yomiuri Giants in 2019, and all of his time in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Seattle Mariners from 2012 to 2017.
Iwakuma made his debut at the ichigun ("major league") level the following year, appearing in relief in a game against the Nippon-Ham Fighters on May 29 2001 and earning the first career win of his professional career despite giving up a run over 12⁄3 innings.
Iwakuma secured a spot in the team's starting rotation by 2002, the following season, going 8–7 with a much-improved 3.69 ERA in 1411⁄3 innings.
He was named a NPB All-Star in 2003 and 2004, and played in the 2004 Athens Olympics.
Iwakuma began the 2004 season 12–0 and establishing a franchise record for most consecutive wins to start the season.
Iwakuma was named the Eagles' starter for the 2005 season opener, holding the Chiba Lotte Marines to one run while going the distance on March 26 and earning the expansion team's first-ever win.
Iwakuma's injury woes continued into the 2006 season.
In 2007, Iwakuma was named the starter for the season opener for the first time in two years, taking the mound on March 24 against the Lions.
As the Eagles' reigning staff ace, Iwakuma won the Eiji Sawamura Award in 2008, and was also a NPB All-Star that year.
He appeared in the 2009 World Baseball Classic for the Japanese national team.
Iwakuma was posted to Major League Baseball after the 2010 season, but he failed to come to an agreement with the winning bidder.
After the 2011 season, Iwakuma signed with the Mariners.
He gave up just three home runs in 2012⁄3 innings all year, of which just one was to a Pacific League hitter (the other two were given up in interleague games), and won nearly one-third of the Eagles' 65 wins in the regular season himself.
He was an MLB All-Star in 2013, as well as the third-place finisher for the 2013 American League Cy Young Award.
Iwakuma sustained a strained tendon in his finger in February 2014 and was expected to miss 4–6 weeks.
On August 12, 2015, Iwakuma became the second Japanese player ever to pitch a no-hitter in Major League Baseball (joining Hideo Nomo, who threw two), throwing a three-walk, seven-strikeout 3–0 win over the Baltimore Orioles at Safeco Field.
On May 10, 2017, Iwakuma was placed on the 10-day disabled list due to right shoulder inflammation.
On September 11, 2018, he announced that he would return to Japan to play baseball after spending the entire season in the minors.
Iwakuma retired in 2020 due to lingering shoulder issues that had prevented him from playing that year.
On January 12, 2021, Iwakuma was hired by the Seattle Mariners, his former team, as a special assignment coach.