Takayuki Onishi

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Takayuki Onishi (大西 崇之)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 9", Weight 160 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Takayuki Onishi has played in Nippon Pro Baseball and coached for the Japanese national team.

Onishi was drafted by the Chunichi Dragons in the sixth round of the 1994 NPB draft. He spent the first three years in the NPB Farm leagues, and only played 54 games with big club. Onishi hit .266/.349/.351 with 16 steals in 1998, but he soon slumped to .185/.313/.185 in the next season. He still struggled in the next two seasons, only hitting .220/.250/.380 and .229/.308/.295 respectively. When his manager Senichi Hoshino had a dispute with umpire Atsushi Kittaka on May 6, 2000, Onishi punched Kittaka and fractured his ribs. He received a 10-game suspension for this action.

The Osaka native broke out and hit .307/.374/.419 in 2002. He shared the starting left fielder spot with Kouichi Sekikawa in that season. The Osaka native extended his solid performance in 2003, when he recorded a .313/.355/.449 batting line in 119 games. However, Onishi slumped to .242/.294/.394 and lost his starting spot the next season. He only played 49 games with a .246/.300/.323 batting line in 2005, then the Dragons traded him to the Yomiuri Giants for cash. Onishi only played 20 games with the big club for the Giants, then he announced his retirement after that season. After retiring, he became the fielding coach for the Giants' minor team from 2009 to 2010, then worked for their big club as the same position from 2011 to 2018. He also coached Japan in the 2010 Intercontinental Cup, 2015 Premier 12 and 2017 World Baseball Classic. He is the fielding coach for the Dragons since 2022.

Overall, Onishi had hit .273/.330/.385 in 11 seasons in NPB.