Last week’s win against Orix was a special one for Tokyo starter Shohei Tateyama. Tateyama’s seven run-free innings earned him his 6th win of the season.
But more remarkably, it was his 12th consecutive victory in a series of starts that stretch back to last August.
Here is the full list:
15th, vs Chunichi - WIN
27th, vs Hiroshima – WIN
3rd, vs Chunichi – WIN
10th, vs Hanshin – No Decision
16th, vs Hiroshima – ND
23rd, vs Chunichi – WIN
1st, vs Hiroshima – WIN
7th, vs Chunichi – WIN
7th, vs Chunichi – ND
16h, vs Yomiuri – WIN
22nd, vs Yomiuri – ND
29th, vs Chunichi – WIN
10th, vs Hiroshima – WIN
16th, vs Hanshin – WIN
22nd, vs Hokkaido - WIN
28th, vs Orix – WIN
So that’s a total of 16 starts without a loss including 12 wins. Quite a feat, and a new club record, eclipsing the 11 wins of the great Masaichi Kaneda in the late 1950s.
Tateyama joined the Swallows in 2003 and is now in his 6th year with the organisation. During his first season he was used as a starter, making 9 starts and being tagged with 3 losses, posting an ERA of 5.19.
He then didn’t make another appearance for the top team until the 2005 season, when he became a regular member of the starting rotation, making 24 starts and posting a 10 and 6 record with a 3.95 ERA.
But he was then used as a utility guy from 2006 onwards, first being used as a starter, and then as middle reliever, set-up man and closer depending on the needs of the team and then manager Atsuya Furuta. He made 6 starts in 44 appearances in 2006 for a record of 2 and 5, with 5 saves and 16 hold points. He also posted the exact same ERA as in the year prior, 3.95.
He continued to be used as a utility man through the 2007 season, making 15 starts in 45 appearances. But while he posted his best ever ERA of 3.17, his record was 3 wins, 12 losses (with 5 saves and 5 HP) as it began to look like he may never make it as a regular starter.
He started the 2008 season out of the starting rotation due to shoulder troubles. But he was soon back in the rotation under then new manager Takada, helping to plug the gap left by the drug-suspended Daniel Rios. And boy did he grasp the opportunity with both hands, posting a 12 and 3 record for the year, with a stingy 2.99 ERA.
So far this year he’s stepped it up another notch, with a 6 and 0/1.53ERA record to date.
So congratulations Shohei. Although your profile is low, you are truly one of the premier starters in Japan today, and long may your good form continue!
And to the Swallows front office – make some merchandise with this man’s name on it. It is a disgrace that one STILL cannot buy a t-shirt or uniform with the number and name of the organisation’s ALL-TIME consecutive win record holder on it.
That’s a “25″, and “Tateyama” for any of you fuktards reading this. Surely the man deserves a bit of shine? And if he can’t get any from his own organization, who the hell is going to give it to him?
Mr.Tateyama, we here at Tsubamegun salute you!