Hisashi Ono

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Hisashi Ono

  • Bats Both, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 9", Weight 154 lb.

Biographical Information[edit]

Hisashi Ono was a center fielder for 10 seasons in Nippon Pro Baseball.

After college, Ono played for Nissan Motors in the industrial leagues. He started in center for the Japanese national team in the 1984 Amateur World Series, hitting .182/.325/.212 with 7 walks and 4 steals (caught twice) in 12 games, fielding .957. He was 5th in the Series in swipes. He was drafted in the 5th round in 1984 by the Hanshin Tigers. He was 3 for 15 with a homer and two steals in 1985; the homer came on June 14 off Tsuneo Horii. Ono played 24 games in 1986 and only had 13 plate appearances; he had two hits (one a home run), a steal and four runs. He had six strikeouts.

Ono hit .232/.253/.347 in 82 games in 1987 with 5 steals in 8 tries. He became a full-time player in 1988 and batted .254/.312/.359 with 24 steals in 36 tries. In June, he had a bunt double.

The Toride native improved his batting line to .303/.365/.382 in 1989 and stole 22 bases while being gunned down nine times. 24 of his 122 hits were infield hits. He was 7th in the Central League in average. Ono produced at a .247/.304/.350 with 16 steals in 20 tries in 1990.

Ono was traded to the Daiei Hawks that offseason.

In 1991, Hisashi rebounded to .289/.373/.349 with 72 runs and stole 42 bases while only being caught 11 times. He led the Pacific League in steals and finished in the top 10 in average. He slumped significantly in 1992, hitting .208/.274/.298 and stole 18 bases in 22 attempts.

Ono produced at a .214/.304/.252 rate with six steals in 87 games in 1993. He was then released. Ono signed with the Chunichi Dragons for 1995 and went 5 for 27 with two doubles, a homer, three walks and two steals in three tries.

Overall, Ono hit .259/.324/.347 in 833 games in NPB with 138 stolen bases in 183 tries.

Ono coached with the Dragons in the minor leagues. He then became a high school social studies teacher.

Source: Japan Baseball Daily by Gary Garland