Kosuke Fukudome Bio Info
Married Kazue...has two children: Hayato and Haruka...at age 19, was the youngest member ever of an
Olympic baseball team when he helped Japan win the silver medal at the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta...attended PL Gakuen High School.
Combined to hit .262 (139-530) with 27 doubles, eight home
runs, 35 RBI and 59 runs scored in 146 games between Chicago-NL and
Cleveland...appeared in 131 games in right field (117 starts), 13 games
(12 starts) in center and one as designated hitter...batted .273 (80-293)
with three homers and 13 RBI in 87 games with the Cubs...was traded to
the Indians on 7/28 in exchange for outfielder Abner Abreu and right-handed
pitcher Carlton Smith...hit .249 (59-237) with five home runs and 22 RBI in
59 games with Cleveland...hit .295 (83-281) with all eight home runs and
25 RBI at home (.225 with 10 RBI on the road)...went 13-45 (.289) with
RISP and two outs...batted .290 (67-282) against the National League
and .238 (27-248) vs. the American League...hit .383 (23-60) in April and
.247 (116-470) the remainder of the season...hit four of his eight home
runs in September...compiled a .321 (52-162) average at Wrigley Field
and a .261 (31-119) mark at Progressive Field...collected a career-high
five hits on 4/25 vs. Colorado...was 3-5 with a triple, home run and four
RBI on 6/26 vs. Milwaukee...hit his third career leadoff home run on 6/1 vs.
Houston...recorded three straight multi-hit games from 8/4-6 (.500, 7-14)...connected on his fourth leadoff homer on 9/22 vs. the White Sox.
Kosuke set career marks with 13 home runs, a .263 batting average (94-for-358) and an .810 OPS ... he played in 130 games
for Chicago, making 87 starts in right field.
... Batted .379 (22-for-58) with five home runs when putting the first pitch
... Came off the bench in 43 games, and hit .359 (14-for-39) with a .432
w Was 7-for-20 (.350) as a pinch-hitter, and owns a career .333
average (14-for-42) in a pinch role.
... His .371 on-base percentage was 108 points higher than his .263 batting
average ... drew 64 walks, just three fewer than his 67 strikeouts.
... Recorded a RBI once every 8.14 at-bats, his best ratio in his three
seasons with Chicago, surpassing his 8.64 mark in 2008.
... His .279 batting average (38-for-136) following the All-Star break was
27 points higher than his .252 mark (56-for-222) in the first half.
... Finished with a .995 fielding percentage (1 E/195 TC) and four
outfield assists ... began the year with 90-consecutive games without an
error (158 TC) before a throwing miscue, August 29 in Cincinnati.
... Began the season with a .344 batting average (22-for-64) with four
doubles, five homers and 16 RBI in 24 April contests.
... Belted his first major league grand slam, April 29 vs. Arizona, an eighthinning
shot off Ian Kennedy.
... Homered in consecutive games for the first time in his major league
career, April 29 and 30 vs. Arizona.
... Hit a solo homer off Antonio Bastardo, May 20 in Philadelphia -- was his
second big league homer off a lefty (April 26, 2009 off St. Louis' Trever
... Tied his career mark, drawing three walks in three games: May 29 vs. St.
Louis, August 7 against Cincinnati and September 17 in Florida.
... Finished June with a .189 batting average (10-for-53) for the month ...
batted .162 (6-for-37) in July, but had a .340 on-base percentage.
... Enjoyed a torrid August, ranking second in the N.L. with a .467 on-base
percentage ... was third with a 1.117 OPS and batted .365 (23-for-63)
for the month.
... Hit his second career pinch-homer, August 3 vs. Milwaukee, a solo shot
off Todd Coffey in the seventh.
... Sprained his left knee in his final game of the season, September 29 in
In his second major league campaign, Kosuke led the Cubs with 93 walks and 38 doubles in 146 contests ... the 38 twobaggers
are the most by any Japanese-born player in the N.L. and third-most in big league history behind the Yankees
Hideki Matsui (45 doubles in 2005 and 42 in 2003).
... His .375 on-base percentage was 16 points higher than his .359 mark
in 2008 ... his slugging percentage (.421) improved 42 points from his
previous season's .379 mark.
... Collected 54 extra-base hits, second-most on the club behind Derrek Lee
... His 11 home runs marked a career high, eclipsing the 10 he hit in 2008.
... Appeared in 113 games (105 starts) in center field and 44 games (24
starts) in right field ... recorded a .994 fielding percentage (2 E/312 TC)
and had five outfield assists.
... Batted .270 (120-for-444) with 10 homers off right-handed pitching ...
had a .164 average (9-for-55) with one long ball off southpaws.
... When leading off an inning, had a .316 batting average (42-for-133) and
a .401 on-base percentage.
... Hit .275 or better in four months: .338 (24-for-71) in April, .277 (18-for-
65) in May, .307 (27-for-88) in July and .287 (25-for-87) in August.
Batted .169 (14-for-83) in June and .202 (20-for-99) in
... Reached safely in a season-high 15 consecutive games, April 8-26 ...
batted .397 (23-for-58) with 13 walks during the stretch.
... Had a career-high, 10-game hitting streak, July 17-28 ... batted .395
(15-for-38) during the run.
... Tied his career high with four hits April 8 in Houston, going 4-for-5 with
a solo homer, double and a career-best four runs scored ... previously
had four hits May 1, 2008 vs. Milwaukee.
... Batted .397 (23-for-58) with 14 runs, six doubles, four homers and 15
RBI in a 15-game stretch, April 8-26 ... had a 1.214 OPS in that stretch.
His long ball April 26 off St. Louis' Trever Miller was his first big
league blast off a southpaw.
... Celebrated his 32nd birthday with a career-high five RBI April 26 in
St. Louis, going 3-for-4 with a homer, a walk and two runs scored.
... Homered off Atlanta's Kenshin Kawakami July 8 at Wrigley Field ... it was
the sixth time in major league history that a Japanese-born player homered
off a Japanese-born pitcher.
... Hit his first career leadoff home run, August 4 at Cincinnati (Johnny
After nine seasons with the Chunichi Dragons, Kosuke became the first Japanese-born Cub and the first rookie outfielder to start
an All-Star Game in franchise history ... he led Chicago with 81 walks in 150 games in his rookie campaign.
© Drew 55 of his 81 walks in the first half - the 55 free passes were the
most for a Cub before the break since Sammy Sosa drew 60 in 2002.
The 55 first-half walks were the seventh-highest total for any
Cub since 1956.
The 81 walks were second-most by a Cubs rookie,
surpassed only by Eddie Stankey's 92 free passes in 1943.
© His 79 runs led N.L. rookies and was second in the majors behind Jacoby
© Finished with 39 multi-hit games, second among Senior Circuit
rookies ... Cincinnati's Joey Votto led with 42.
© Batted .292 (71-for-243) at Wrigley Field compared to a .225 average
(58-for-258) on the road.
© Hit .296 (84-for-284) through the end of June, before he posted a .207
average (45-for-217) to close out the season.
© Posted a .279 batting average (91-for-326) with 59 runs scored, seven
homers and 36 RBI in 90 games prior to the All-Star break.
© Made his major league debut Opening Day vs. Milwaukee and went
3-for-3, notching his first career hit with a second-inning double off Ben
Sheets ... tied the game at 3-3 with a ninth inning, three-run homer off
Eric Gagne, his first major league long ball.
Became the first Cubs rookie to start and make his major
league debut in right field on Opening Day since Billy Williams
Tied Cubs record with three hits in his major league debut, also
done by Doug Dascenzo, September 2, 1988 vs. Cincinnati.
Was the 12th player since 1956 to notch multiple hits and RBI
in his Cubs debut and first since Jeff Reed accomplished the
feat July 10, 1999 at the White Sox ... in addition, was the first
player to homer in his Cubs debut since Henry Rodriguez did so
March 30, 1998.
© With a walk in his first plate appearance April 2, became the first player
since Kaz Matsui in 2004 to reach base safely in his first five career plate
© Reached safely five times April 7 at Pittsburgh and April 22 vs. the Mets
... after just 20 team games, was the first Cubs rookie since Ryne
Sandberg in 1982 to reach base safely five times in two games in an
© Set a career high with four hits May 1 vs. Milwaukee.
© Connected for his 200th professional home run July 31 at Milwaukee.
© Slugged his first career pinch-homer August 24 vs. Washington.
© The following day, set a career mark with four RBI in a 3-for-4 effort in
© Appeared in all three games of the NLDS against the Dodgers, going
1-for-2 off the bench in Game Three in Los Angeles.
Fukudome was limited to 81 games in 2007 due to a right elbow injury and underwent surgery to remove bone fragments on Aug. 20...Despite the injury, Fukudome batted .294 with 22 doubles, 13 home runs, a .520 slugging percentage and had a .443 on-base percentage that led the Central League at the time his season ended...Fukudome walked (69) more times than he struck out (66) in 2007.
Fukudome won Central League Most Valuable Player honors in 2006 when he batted .351 with 31 home runs and a career-high 104 RBI...Fukudome won the batting title, 28 points ahead of his closest competitor, while his .438 on-base percentage led the league and was 36 points ahead of his next closest competitor...He also led the league with a career-high 117 runs scored, a career-high 47 doubles and a career-high 1.091 OPS thanks to a .653 slugging percentage and .438 on-base percentage.
After an injury-shortened 2004 (92 games), Fukudome returned with a strong 2005, leading the league with a .430 on-base percentage, finishing second with a .328 batting average and recording 103 RBI. His MVP season of 2006 followed.
Fukudome reached double digits in every extra-base hit category in 2003 as part of a campaign that saw him bat .313 with a league-leading .401 on-base percentage. He boasted a 1.004 OPS thanks in part to his 30 doubles, 11 triples and 34 home runs. Fukudome also led the league in triples and runs scored (107).
Fukudome was converted to a third baseman and outfielder in 2001 and became the club's starting right fielder in 2002, when he notched his first batting title with a .343 mark while leading the league with 42 doubles.
A first round draft pick by Chunichi in 1999, Fukudome made his professional debut that season and batted .284 with 25 doubles, 16 homers, a .359 on-base percentage and a .451 slugging percentage in his rookie season as the club's starting shortstop.