Tomonori Maeda

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  • Bats Left, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 9", Weight 176 lb.

Tomonori Maeda has often been called the Japanese Eric Davis - a very athletic, frequently injured outfielder who plays for Japan's equivalent of the Cincinnati Reds, the Hiroshima Carp.

A 4-time Gold Glover and 4-time All-Star, Maeda twice led the league in doubles and in 1993 led in total bases. He made 4 Best Nine teams. A 7-time 20-home run man, he topped 30 for the first time in 2005. His lifetime line entering 2005 was .303/.360/.487 and ranks in the top 20 all-time in batting average.

On September 1, 2007, Maeda connected for his 2,000th hit to join the meikyukai. His 2,000th was a single against Shinya Okamoto. He was the 36th player in Japanese history to reach that level. He was the third new member of the meikyukai in 2007, following Yukio Tanaka and Hideki Matsui. He was the 4th Carp player to get 2,000 hits with the team - two of the others were in the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame.