A star infielder who spent his entire career with the Chunichi Dragons and accumulated 2,480 career hits.
Elected by the Selection Committee for Players
PL Gakuen High School
He led PL Gakuen to consecutive spring/summer high school championships in 1987 as the team captain. In 1988, he led the Dragons to the
league pennant and was named Rookie of the Year. He won the league
pennants in 1999, 2004 and 2006, and the Japan Series title in 2007.
He accumulated 2,480 hits and an all-time NPB record of 487 doubles.