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Hits per Season Record

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Hits per Season Record
Today, Ichiro Suzuki, of the Seattle Mariners, broke the American MLB hits/season record previously held by George Sisler. What is the Japanese NPB hits/season record, when was it established, and who set the record.
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Re: Hits per Season Record
[ Author: westbaystars | Posted: Oct 2, 2004 5:50 PM | YBS Fan ]

Ichiro is the only player to have hit over 200 hits in a season, doing that in his first full season of play in 1994. He went on to have 210 hits that year. The closest Ichiro came to 200 hits after that was 193 in 1996.

Before Ichiro's incredible 210 hit year, The Osaka Tiger's Fujimura Fumio set the record of 191 hits in the 1950 season, that record still standing as the Central League record. When Fujimura set the record in 1950, he was breaking his own record of 187 that he set the previous year (1949), the final year of the Single League era. (Ohsawa Kiyoshi also broke the 1949 record in 1950 with 189 hits, but was below Fujimura that year.)
Re: Hits per Season Record Central League
[ Author: Guest: CardiffCarp | Posted: Oct 3, 2004 5:22 PM ]

Hiroshima's Shima has 187 hits so far this season. With 7 more games to play (is this right?). Batting .342, he has a great chance to set a new Central League record. He even has an outside chance of making the 200 hit line, although he seems to be slowing down a bit right now.
Re: Hits per Season Record Central League
[ Author: Guest: John Brooks | Posted: Oct 3, 2004 9:50 PM ]

- With 7 more games to play (is this right?).

There's about 6 games left in their season. [Link - Carp official site, October schedule - in Japanese]
Re: Hits per Season Record
[ Author: PLNara | Posted: Oct 4, 2004 8:27 AM | HT Fan ]

Didn't Bobby Rose tie Fujimura's record in 1998?
Re: Hits per Season Record
[ Author: westbaystars | Posted: Oct 4, 2004 9:47 AM | YBS Fan ]

It was 1999 [Rose' Profile Page], and he surpassed it! In fact, I had just grabbed an older "Record Book" when I answered, not thinking that much had changed, but it has!

Taking the latest "Record Book," the top 10 seasonal hits records are:

Player (Team) Hits Year
1. Ichiro (Orix) 210 1994 (PL record)
2. Ogasawara (Nippon Ham) 195 2001
3. Ichiro (Orix) 193 1996
3. Matsui (Seibu) 193 2002
5. Rose (Yokohama) 192 1999 (CL record)
6. Fujimura (Osaka) 191 1950
6. Shimizu (Giants) 191 2002
8. Ohsawa (Taiyo) 189 1950
8. Ramirez (Yakult) 189 2003
8. Tani (Orix) 189 2003

Wow! Half of the top ten have been over the last three years (before this season). Eight of the ten since 1994. I didn't realized that before.

Thanks for proding me to look up the more recent records. They have changed significantly!

Re: Hits per Season Record
[ Author: PLNara | Posted: Oct 8, 2004 4:36 AM | HT Fan ]

Hiroshima's Shima has 189 hits so far this year. With three games remaining, he has a chance to break Rose's Central League record.
Re: Hits per Season Record
[ Author: Guest: John Brooks | Posted: Oct 9, 2004 7:37 AM ]

The Carp have said Shima has abandoned his bid for the Central League hit record. Shima will not play in the remaining games. [Link - Daily Yomiuri]
Re: Hits per Season Record
[ Author: seiyu | Posted: Oct 3, 2004 12:14 AM ]

Remember, Ichiro's 210 was in 130 games.
Re: Hits per Season Record
[ Author: mijow | Posted: Oct 4, 2004 10:36 AM | HT Fan ]

- Remember, Ichiro's 210 was in 130 games.

Which more or less equates with what he's done this year in the majors.
Re: Hits per Season Record
[ Author: WayneMcGwire | Posted: Oct 6, 2004 4:30 PM ]

- Remember, Ichiro's 210 was in 130 games.

Do you mean, there were more games played per season or less games played per season before?
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