Akinori Iwamura #1

  • 2B
  • B/T: L/R
  • 5' 9"/200

Akinori Iwamura MLB Career Stats

.267 16 117 32 .720

Akinori Iwamura Bio

  • Full Name: Akinori Iwamura
  • Nickname: Gun
  • Born: 2/9/1979 in Uwajima, Japan
  • High School: Uwajima Higashi, Uwajima, JPN
  • Debut: April 2, 2007
  • Ret., Final Game: 9/26/2010
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MLB Career Stats 1545 222 413 16 117 32 .267 .345 .720


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Runs Scored

Season R Rank
2008 91 22nd in AL


Season BB Rank
2008 70 18th in AL


Season H Rank
2008 172 19th in AL


Season 3B Rank
2007 10 2nd in AL
2008 9 3rd in AL

Games Played

Season G Rank
2008 152 24th in AL

At Bats

Season AB Rank
2008 627 9th in AL

Plate Appearances

Season PA Rank
2008 707 7th in AL


Season SO Rank
2007 114 21st in AL
2008 131 8th in AL

Caught Stealing

Season CS Rank
2007 8 7th in AL
2008 6 16th in AL

Akinori Iwamura Latest Transactions

Team Date Transaction
October 4, 2010 Oakland Athletics released 3B Akinori Iwamura.
September 13, 2010 Oakland Athletics signed free agent 3B Akinori Iwamura.
September 10, 2010 Pittsburgh Pirates released 2B Akinori Iwamura.
September 7, 2010 Pittsburgh Pirates designated 2B Akinori Iwamura for assignment.
August 7, 2010 Indianapolis Indians activated 2B Akinori Iwamura from the 7-day disabled list.
August 2, 2010 Indianapolis Indians placed 2B Akinori Iwamura on the 7-day disabled list.
June 23, 2010 Pittsburgh Pirates optioned 2B Akinori Iwamura to Indianapolis Indians.
June 16, 2010 Pittsburgh Pirates designated Akinori Iwamura for assignment.
November 3, 2009 Tampa Bay Rays traded 2B Akinori Iwamura to Pittsburgh Pirates.
August 29, 2009 Akinori Iwamura roster status changed by Tampa Bay Rays.
August 14, 2009 sent 2B Akinori Iwamura on a rehab assignment to Durham Bulls.
May 26, 2009 Tampa Bay Rays transferred 2B Akinori Iwamura from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.
May 25, 2009 Tampa Bay Rays placed 2B Akinori Iwamura on the 15-day disabled list. Torn ACL in left knee

Akinori Iwamura Bio Info

Akinori Iwamura (pronounced Ah-kee-nor-ee Ee-wah-moo-rah)...Wife's name is Misaki...Has one son; Taiki (7/10/07)...Was born in Uwajima, a small town (population approx. 70,000), located on the island of Shikoku - Japan's fourth-largest island located less than 100 miles south of Hiroshima...His mother, Michiyo, was a hairdresser in his hometown and through her many customers he became familiar with Western cultures (he homered twice on August 26, 2005, against the Yokahoma Bay Stars - the day his mother passed away)...His father is a retired firefighter. ...Was signed out of Uwajima High School...Played in the Philippines on the Japan National High school team...His nickname in Japan is "Gun" because when "IWA-MURA" is written in Japanese characters, the one character for "IWA" could also be read as "GUN" or "GAN" (similar to having the nickname Bill for William)...His older brother, Takashi, was an outfielder in the minor leagues (ni-gun) for the Kintetsu Buffaloes in 1997 and 1998...His fan website is http://gun1.nifty.com...Uses an alligator skin glove. 2009 Participated in the World Baseball Classic and batted .286 with a triple and three RBI for Gold Medal-winning Japanese team...Missed close to three months of the regular season after suffering a partially torn ACL in a collision with Florida's Chris Coghlan while turning a double play on 5/24...Hit safely in five of his first seven games (10-for-26, .385)...Tied career high with three RBI on 4/13 vs. New York (AL)...Batted .295 (23-for-78) in 22 games during the month of April...Went 14-for-31 (.452) with six multi-hit efforts in eight-game stretch from 5/16-24, raising average from .274 to .310...Tied career high (fourth time) with three RBI on 5/18 vs. Oakland...Had three hits in the game he suffered his left knee injury on 5/24 at Florida...Was placed on the D.L. on 5/25 and underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on 6/22...Hit .303 (10-for-33) in 11 games with Triple-A Durham while on a rehab assignment from 8/14-28...Was reinstated from the D.L. on 8/29 and returned to the lineup that night at Detroit (went 1-for-2 with two walks)...Connected off Justin Verlander for lone home run on 8/30 at Detroit...Batted .242 (15-for-62) in 20 games during the month of September...Made 67 appearances (63 starts) at second base while playing with the Rays...Made lone appearance at third base on 5/23 at Florida...Hit .386 against left-handed pitchers and .248 against righthanders...Was acquired by Pittsburgh on 11/3. 2008 Converted to second base full time after spending the 2007 season as the Rays third baseman, and was the only full-time Rays position player to stay healthy all season...led the team in hits (172), runs (91), at-bats (627), and games played (152)...ranked 9th in the American League in at-bats, 3rd in triples (9), 9th in singles (127), and T-8th in strikeouts (137)... batted leadoff in all 151 of his starts. Prior to 2008, he played only one game at 2B, the final game of 2007. Spent the 2007-08 offseason in Japan working on his second base skills with Yutaka Ohashi, a seven-time Gold Glover at shortstop for the Hankyu Braves (1972-78) and the infield coach for the Yakult Swallows in Aki's rookie season. Over the past 75 years, only one other player has played at least 100 games at 3rd base as a rookie and 100 or more games at 2nd base the following year: Cubs Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg (1982-83). Has 19 triples over the last 2 seasons, tied with Carl Crawford for 2nd most in the AL behind DET Curtis Granderson (36)...since 1950, only 3 AL players have collected more triples over their first 2 major league seasons: SLB/CWS Jim Rivera (25 in 1952-53), MIN Cristian Guzman (23 in 1978-79) and MIL Paul Molitor (20 in 1978-79)...19 triples already rank 3rd in Rays history behind Crawford and Randy Winn. Despite learning a new position, began the year with a 74-game errorless streak, the 6thlongest streak by a 2B to begin a season since 1956...those who went longer were DET Placido Polanco (141 games in 2007), BAL Rich Dauer (86 in 1978), COL Luis Gonzalez (83 in 2005), KC Mark Grudzielanek (77 in 2006) and MIN Chuck Knoblauch (75 in 1994)...the first error came June 25 at FLA, his 75th game and 349th chance. His 41 hits in May led the AL and set a Rays record for the month...trailed only HOU Lance Berkman in the majors...became the 5th different Ray to reach 40 hits in a month...from May 3-Aug 9, hit .308 (107-347) to raise his avg. from .204 to .283. Homered June 24 at FLA (Scott Olsen) for his 200th professional home run...the first 188 came in Japan. Ranked 3rd in the majors in pitches seen behind CLE Grady Sizemore and NYY Bobby Abreu...saw more pitches in 2008 than any player in Rays history. Was the toughest in the majors to double up (2 GIDP in 627 AB) for the 2nd straight season... in 2007 bounced into 2 DP in 491 AB. 132 | 2009 TAMPA BAY RAYS MEDIA GUIDE 40-MAN ROSTER | AKINORI IWAMURA Set club records for a 2B in several offensive categories (while actually playing the position): games (152), at-bats (627), runs (91), hits (172), doubles (30), triples (9), walks (70), strikeouts (131) and on-base pct. (.349). Scored a career-high 4 runs Sep 19 vs. MIN, tying the team's season high (also Evan Longoria, June 9 at LAA; Cliff Floyd Aug 8 at OAK)...Aki's 91 runs scored tied for the 6thhighest total in club history. Rays went 56-17 when he scored a run, 14-0 when he scored 2 or more times. Homered Sep 15 off BOS Daisuke Matsuzaka, after a 66-game homerless streak (June 24 at FLA)...it was his first HR against a Japanese pitcher in the majors, and the 5th homer in major league history by a player born in Japan off a pitcher also born in Japan...the others: NYY Hideki Matsui off LAD Hideo Nomo (2004), SEA Ichiro off NYM Kazuhisa Ishii (2005), SEA Kenji Johjima off NYY Kei Igawa (2007) and Ichiro off CLE Masahide Kobayashi (2008). Four of his 6 home runs came against Boston... on April 26 at home, spoiled Clay Buchholz's shutout bid with a go-ahead, 2-run homer in the 8th, his first of the season, as the Rays won 2-1...May 3 at Fenway, went opposite- field off Josh Beckett to lead off the 8th... June 3 at Fenway, led off the game with a HR to LF off Justin Masterson...hit his 4th against BOS Sep 15 off Dice-K at home...hit .319 (22-69) with a .551 slugging pct. in 17 games against the Red Sox. Had two leadoff home runs, coming May 15 vs. NYY off Ian Kennedy (Rays first leadoff HR since June 23, 2007 off LAD Randy Wolf) and June 3 at BOS (Masterson). Drew 3 of the Rays 25 bases-loaded walks, all of them coming against lefties...they came July 13 at CLE (Jeremy Sowers), Aug 23 at CWS (Matt Thornton) and Sep 14 at NYY (Damaso Marte). Led the club with 22 infield hits and 6 bunt singles. Drove in a season-high 3 runs Sep 24 at BAL as the Rays won 11-6 and finished a 4-game sweep. Was suspended 3 games for his role in the benches-clearing brawl June 5 at BOS... served his time June 28-30. Twice compiled hitting streaks of 11 games: May 2-13 (.392, 20-51) and June 22-July 7 (.333, 16-48). Reached base in 24 straight games from April 24-May 22. 2007 His .975 fielding percentage (TC-283, E-7) was tops among all major league third basemen in 2007 and ranked as the second highest ever by a rookie third baseman behind Don Gutteridge's .978 mark with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1937 ... His .285 batting average was 5th among qualifying Major League rookies and the 3rd highest by a rookie in club history behind Rocco Baldelli's .289 mark in 2003 and Delmon Young's .288 average in 2007 ... His .359 on base pct. tied with Colorado's Troy Tulowitzki for 3rd best among major league rookies and was a Rays rookie record ... also set Rays rookie marks with 10 triples and 58 walks ... led all major league rookies in triples and was 2nd overall in the AL ... his walks trailed only Los Angeles' Reggie Willits (69) among major league rookies ... Ranked 2nd among AL rookies with 82 runs scored...his 40 multi-hit games were 3rd among AL rookies and his 12 stolen bases and 202 total bases pct were 4th ... Started 122 games: 120 at 3B, one at DH and one -- the final game of the season -- at 2B ... Batted .323 (50-155) vs. left-handed pitching, 3rd best among left-handed hitters in the majors ... He and Delmon Young combined for 326 hits ... since World War II, only three sets of rookie teammates had more hits: 357 Hanley Ramirez (185), Dan Uggla (172), Fla, 2006; 349 Fred Lynn (175), Jim Rice (174), Bos, 1975; 340 Rich Rollins (186), Bernie Allen (154), Min, 1962 ... Began the season hitting primarily in the 6th and 7th spots in the order, but moved to leadoff for good on June 8 ... Reached via hit or walk in all but 14 of his 122 starts ... Was the hardest to double up in the majors among qualifying hitters (min 502 PAs) ... grounded into only two double plays in 491 at-bats ... Was 6-for-15 (.400) with 2 walks off fellow countryman Daisuke Matsuzaka, tied with Tim Wakefield for his most hits off one pitcher in 2007 ... Began his major league career going 7-for-11 in his first 3 games including a 4-hit effort in his first game at Tropicana Field on Apr 6 ... hit his first home run that game off Gustavo Chacin and scored the winning run in the bottom of the 9th inning as the Rays rallied from a 5-3 deficit to beat Toronto ... Hit safely in his first 9 games of the season and 11 of his first 12 ... was hitting .339, 9th in the AL and tops among all major league rookies when he suffered a right oblique strain after getting two hits and scoring 3 runs in a win over the Yankees on April 23 ... Missed the next 29 games before returning May 28 ... His .479 on-base pct. in April was 5th in the AL and the 3rd best by a rookie (min 50 PAs) in the opening month in the last 50 years trailing only Andres Galarraga's .500 mark with Montreal in 1986 and Willie Randolph's .480 pct. with the Yankees in 1976 ... Batted only .239 in June but finished up hitting safely in 48 of his last 60 games starting July 25 while batting .290 (75-259) ... had a 12-game hitting streak, July 25-Aug 6. 2006 In 2006, played in a career-high 145 games and batted .311, fifth best in the Central League...He also finished in the league's top five in slugging (.552), total bases (292), home runs (32) and walks (67), and was 6th in on-base pct (.388).

Was a five-time All-Star (2001-02-04-05-06) and six-time Gold Glove recipient (2000-01-02-04-05-06) with Yakult...He is a career .300 hitter and has finished in the Central League's top 10 in hitting three seasons: 4th in 2002 (.320), 5th in 2006 (.311) and 6th in 2005 (.319)...Over the last three seasons has batted .307 and averaged 35 home runs and 94 RBI per season...His 106 home runs over that span are 4th overall in the Nippon Professional League (NPL) behind Tyrone Woods, Chunichi Dragons (130), Nobuhiko Matsunaka, Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks (109) and Julio Zuleto, Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks (109).