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Motonobu Tanishige Life story
Motonobu Tanishige is a retired Japanese professional baseball player and manager. Tanishige played 27 seasons in Nippon Professional Baseball, appearing in more games than any other player in NPB history.
Motonobu Tanishige (谷繁 元信, born December 21, 1970 in Hiroshima) is a retired Japanese professional baseball player and manager.
Tanishige played 27 seasons in Nippon Professional Baseball, appearing in more games than any other player in NPB history. Making his debut for the Taiyo Whales in 1989 at age 18, he played for the Whales/BayStars franchise for 13 years. Moving to the Dragons in 2002, through 2015 he played for that franchise for 14 seasons. He played in five Japan Series, and one World Baseball Classic, in 2006, when Japan won the championship. He was the manager player-manager of the Chunichi Dragons from 2014 to 2015, staying on as manager in 2016.
Tanishige performed well in the 2004 Japan Series (which the Dragons lost 4-games-to-3 to the Seibu Lions), including hitting his first career grand slam.
In 2015, Tanishige broke the NPB record for games played, passing Katsuya Nomura with 3,018 — he later extended the record. Tanishige is second on the career strikeout list with 1,838. With more than 200 career home runs, Tanshige is a member of Meikyukai.
After retiring from playing at the end of the 2015 season, Tanishige became full-time manager of the Dragons. After a rocky start to the season followed by a lacklustre continuation following the All-Star break, on August 10, 2016 he was relieved from his duties alongside fielding coach Takahiro Saeki. He was replaced by head coach, Shigekazu Mori for the remainder of the season.
Nippon Professional Baseball career statistics from JapaneseBaseball.com
Career statistics and player information from Baseball Reference (Minors)