The "Iron Man" who played in 1,492 consecutive games without missing an inning
Elected by the Selection Committee for Players
Tohoku Fukushi University
As a Carp player, he became the 7th player in NPB history to
win a "triple-three" in 2000. After joining the Tigers in 2003,
he contributed to 2 league pennants and was MVP in 2005. He
played in every inning in 1,492 consecutive games played, which
exceeded the MLB record, and was given the nickname "Iron Man."