Milestone Countdown: Shinya Miyamoto

Miyamoto is like a fine wine...

Shinya Miyamoto and his teammates have been busy with spring camp for the past two weeks, so we thought it might be nice to profile

some of the Tokyo players that are within shouting distance of significant milestones this season.

We’ve thought for quite some time that Miyamoto would begin regressing at any moment, but he’s been an absolute rock on the left side of the infield over the past 17 seasons. He won his first Golden Glove back in 1997, and he’s won eight more since.

But the milestone that he’s rapidly closing in on, and will likely reach by the middle/end of May, is one of the tallies that qualifies players for automatic induction into the Meikyukai, or Golden Players Club. That milestone is none other than the 2,000 hits mark that few have reached.

Miyamoto ended the 2011 season with a career tally of 1,975 hits leaving him just 25 hits shy. If he makes it, as we suspect he will, then he’ll join a small group of great Japanese baseball players. To give you an idea of the ranks of the elite club he’s on the verge of joining, the Meikyukai counts among it’s active members Ichiro Suzuki, Hideki Matsui, and another Tokyo great, Shingo Takatsu (250+ saves).

 

Shinya Miyamoto
YearGamesHits
19956711
19966865
1997115109
199811495
1999131124
2000136143
2001125129
2002114135
2003140154
200490104
2005135145
20067382
2007131139
2008116130
2009128138
2010129129
2011136143
Total19481975

 

About Christopher Pellegrini

Christopher is a budding sabermetrician and long-time supporter of Tokyo's more lovable team, the Swallows. He has publicly volunteered, several times, that he plans to buy the team at some point in the future. When he finally runs the joint, it is likely that he will fine any player who swings at the first pitch or sac bunts (unless it's a pitcher, of course). Follow him on Twitter: @chrispellegrini