Motohiro Shima

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Motohiro Shima (嶋 基宏)

Biographical Information[edit]

Motohiro Shima has been a catcher in Nippon Pro Baseball.

Shima won a batting crown as a college junior, then won a Tokyo Metropolitan University League Best Nine nod as a senior. The Rakuten Golden Eagles took him in the third round in 2006. As a rookie, he became Rakuten's starting backstop and made the Pacific League All-Star team. He only hit .183/.234/.221 for the season, though, with 47 runs produced in 125 games. His first career hit was on March 28 off Toshiya Sugiuchi and his first homer came a month and a day later against Tomoya Yagi.

Shima fell into a part-time role in 2008, splitting action with Akihito Fujii; Shima hit .230/.288/.296. He had similar numbers (.233/.303/.281) in 2009 while reclaiming the primary spot. He really stepped it up in 2010, batting .315/.380/.377. He won the Gold Glove at catcher in the PL, was 8th in the league in average (between Munenori Kawasaki and Hiroyuki Nakajima and 9th in OBP (between Nakajima and Hitoshi Tamura. He was also named to the Best Nine as the league's top backstop.