Masato Monzen

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Masato Monzen

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Biographical Information[edit]

Catcher Masato Monzen spent 16 years in Nippon Professional Baseball, playing for the Osaka Tigers (1936–1939, 1949), Hanshin (1942–1944), Kinsei Stars (1948), Taiyo Whales (1950–1951) and Hiroshima Carp (1952–1956).

Never one to strike out much, he walked 475 times in his career and whiffed only 446 times. In 1943, he had 45 walks and only 23 strikeouts in 79 games. He slugged .362 for his career, but showed occasional power, hitting 25 home runs with 110 RBI for Taiyo in 1950 (he also had a career high .280 batting average that year) and in 1953, with Hiroshima, he hit 12 home runs with 61 RBI.

Overall, he batted .237/.324/.362 with 80 home runs and 543 RBI in 1,203 games.

He managed the Hiroshima Carp in 1961 and 1962.