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Full Name: Tadahito Iguchi Primary Position: 2B
Height/Weight: 5'10"/185 First Game: April 4, 2005
Birthdate: December 4, 1974 MLB Experience: 3 years
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
Bat/Throw: Right/Right


Biography

Tadahito Iguchi (born December 4, 1974 in Tokyo, Japan) is a backup second baseman for the Philadelphia Phillies. He has also played for the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks in Japan. He is married and has a five-year old daughter. His nicknames include "Tad" and "Gooch."

Iguchi began playing in high school and after graduating in 1993, went to Aoyama Gakuin University where he distinguished himself by hitting the Tohto University Baseball League record of eight home runs in a season and winning the triple crown. He was a member of Japanese National Team in 1996 Summer Olympics that won the silver medal. He was the first pick in the 1996 draft by Fukuoka Daiei Hawks.

In his debut year of 1997, he hit a grand slam in the first game of his professional career. He suffered a shoulder injury in the 2000 season and had a surgery which ended his season. He recovered fully in 2001 hitting 30 home runs and leading the league with a personal best 44 stolen bases. In 2003, he hit over .300, had over 100 RBI and led the league in steals. He left Fukuoka Daiei after the 2004 season to play for the White Sox. He maintains a friendship with his former teammates Kenji Johjima and Koji Akiyama.

During the 2005 MLB Regular Season, he had a .278 average with 15 home runs and 15 stolen bases. In the 2005 Divisional Series, he hit a go-ahead 3-run home run in game 2 against the Boston Red Sox.

In 2006, Iguchi had two multi-homer games, both times hitting a grand slam and another home run.

He is the first everyday Japanese player to play on a World Series-winning team. (Hideki Irabu was on the New York Yankees 1998 World Series roster and got a ring, but did not appear in a World Series game.)


Scouting Report

Statistics

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
2005 CHI A 135 511 74 142 15 71 .278 .342 .438 25 6 47 114 6 11 15 0 16
2006 CHI A 138 555 97 156 18 67 .281 .352 .422 24 0 59 110 3 8 11 0 7
2007 CHI A 90 327 45 82 6 31 .251 .340 .382 17 4 44 65 2 1 8 1 5
2007 PHI N 45 138 22 42 3 12 .304 .361 .442 10 0 13 23 1 1 6 0 1
2007 TOT 135 465 67 124 9 43 .267 .347 .400 27 4 57 88 3 2 14 1 6
Total NL 45 138 22 42 3 12 .304 .361 .442 10 0 13 23 1 1 6 0 1
Total AL 363 1393 216 380 39 169 .273 .346 .419 66 10 150 289 11 20 34 1 28
Total 408 1531 238 422 42 181 .276 .347 .421 76 10 163 312 12 21 40 1 29

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
2005 CHI A 2B 133 129 1171.1 235 374 14 85 0 0 0 0 0 .978
2006 CHI A 2B 136 136 1209.1 270 372 8 76 2 0 0 0 0 .988
2006 CHI A DH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2007 CHI A 2B 90 88 778 188 247 6 66 0 0 0 0 0 .986
2007 PHI N 2B 31 30 265.1 72 90 0 30 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2007 TOT 2B 121 118 1043.1 260 337 6 96 0 0 0 0 0 .990
Total DH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Total 2B 390 383 3424 765 1083 28 257 2 0 0 0 0 .985

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Trivia

  • Tadahito's three-run homer off David Wells in the fifth inning of Game 2 of the ALDS was the game-winner in the 5-4 decision against the Boston Red Sox.
  • Iguchi is the first everyday Japanese player to play on a World Series-winning team (2005 Chicago White Sox).


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