It’s a sight to behold.
Nippon Ham Fighters outfielder Jusei Mannami (23) hit his 25th home run of the season. On the 26th, the leadoff hitter hit a home run in the bottom of the first inning against the Chiba Lotte Marines held at Escon Field in Kitahiroshima, Hokkaido. He pushed the outside cut fastball thrown by Chiba Lotte veteran right-hander Manabu Mima (37) over the right fence.
On September 23, he hit No. 24 against the Rakuten Eagles and added a home run in three games. He hit 5 goals in 18 games held in September.
A 5-year professional who debuted in 2019. He is 1m92-98kg and has excellent physical condition. This season has been great. He hit 5 home runs in 2021 and 14 home runs in 2022, and now has his sights set on becoming the home run king.
It’s a fog until the end.
As of the 26th, Mannami, Hideto Asamura (Rakuten Eagles), and Gregory Polanco (Chiba Lotte Marines) are tied for first place in home runs with 25 hits. Asamura and Polanco both scored 25 times on the 21st and remained silent for 4 games. The two of us were running ahead, but Mannami caught up with us.
Kensuke Kondo (Softbank Hawks) follows them by one point. He has scored two goals in the last four games. He hit numbers 23 and 24 against Chiba Lotte on September 21st and 25th.
Polanco, a Dominican Republic national, is in his second year of professional baseball in Japan. Last year as a member of the Yomiuri Giants.
He hit 24 home runs. He had good slugging power, but his batting average was low and he was weak in scoring chances. He failed to renew his contract and changed to a Chiba Lotte uniform.
Asamura is the only home run champion among the four leading players. He hit 32 in 2020 while a member of the Seibu Lions and led the Pacific League in home runs. Since 2018, he has surpassed 30 home runs for three consecutive years. He hit double-digit home runs for 11 consecutive years, starting with 27 in 2013. He has 282 career hits.메이저사이트
Kondo, who played for Nippon Ham, transferred to Softbank as a free agent last winter. He signed a 7-year contract worth 5 billion yen (about 45.1 billion won), the highest ever contract in Japanese professional baseball.
As he changed teams, he transformed from a contact hitter to a long-distance hitter. 52 home runs over 11 years from 2012 to 2022. The 11 in 2021 was the most in one season, and this year, there is competition for the home run title.
Mannami has 6 games left, Kondo has 8 games left, Asamura has 9 games left, and Polanco has 10 games left. This is a race where anyone can become the home run king.
If the current trend continues, a home run king in his 20s will be born for the first time in 11 years.