Hisanori Takahashi (高橋 尚成 Takahashi Hisanori, born April 2, 1975) is a Japanese former professional baseball pitcher. He began his professional career in NPB with the Yomiuri Giants, and played in Major League Baseball for the New York Mets, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Chicago Cubs.
Takahashi with the Yokohama DeNA BayStars in 2014
|Born: April 2, 1975|
Sumida, Tokyo, Japan
|NPB: April 6, 2000, for the Yomiuri Giants|
|MLB: April 7, 2010, for the New York Mets|
|MLB: April 11, 2013, for the Chicago Cubs|
|NPB: October 2, 2015, for the Yokohama DeNA BayStars|
|Earned run average||3.79|
|Earned run average||3.99|
|1998 Bangkok||Team competition|
Nippon Professional BaseballEdit
Takahashi debuted in Nippon Professional Baseball with the Yomiuri Giants in 2000. He was a finesse starting pitcher in Japan, featuring an 86–89 mph fastball (tops out at 92 mph), slider, curveball, and a screwball as his out pitch.
Major League BaseballEdit
New York MetsEdit
On February 11, 2010, Takahashi signed a minor league contract with the New York Mets. Takahashi included a clause in his contract stipulating that the Mets must release him to free agency by October 31, 2010. Takahashi started the 2010 season in the Mets' bullpen. On May 21, he made his first appearance as a starting pitcher against the New York Yankees, picking up a no decision with 6 scoreless innings. With the loss of Francisco Rodríguez to injury, Takahashi served as the closer for the Mets and recorded his first major league save on August 16 against the Houston Astros.
Los Angeles Angels of AnaheimEdit
On December 27, 2012 he signed a minor league contract with the Chicago Cubs that included an invitation to spring training. He made the opening day roster as a relief pitcher. He was designated for assignment on April 16, 2013.
On June 22, 2013 Takahashi was traded to the Rockies for a player to be named later. Takahashi elected to become a free agent following the season after compiling a 6.66 ERA over 25.2 innings pitched with the Triple-A Colorado Springs Sky Sox.
Yokohama DeNA BayStarsEdit
Following the 2013 season, Takahashi signed with the Yokohama DeNA BayStars. In September 2015, Takahashi announced that he would retire from baseball following the 2015 season. He failed to record a win in either of his two seasons in Yokohama.
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