The Yakult Swallows hosted the Yokohama BayStars on October 4, 2007 at Jingu Kyujyo for the 21st matchup of the season between the two clubs. In the fifth inning, Yakult's outfielder Alex Ramirez (33) beat out an infield single to third off of Yokohama starter Mitsuhashi for his 200th hit of the season. That makes Ramirez the third player in NPB history to reach the 200 hit mark, following Ichiro (Orix - 1994) and team mate Aoki (Yakult - 2005). He is the first foreign player to reach this plateau, and moreover, the first right handed batter.I'd like to add that the Swallows went on to win this game by a score of 3-1. The lone BayStar run came on Murata's 35th home run of the season, putting him in a 3-way tie for the home run title in the Central League with Tyrone Woods (Dragons) and Yoshinobu Takahashi (Giants).
Ichiro Suzuki holds the top mark for most hits in a season with 210 in 130 games in 1994. Just two seasons ago (2005), team mate Norichika Aoki set the Central League record with 202 hits in 146 games. Ramirez has hit the 200 hit mark in game 139 this season, and the Swallows still have 5 games remaining on the schedule (144 games overall) for him to overturn the above two records.
Born in Venezuela, after a stint in the North American Major Leagues, Ramirez joined the Yakult Swallows in 2001. In 2003 he hit 40 home runs and drove in 124 runs for a double crown.
This is a site about Pro Yakyu (Japanese Baseball), not about who the next player to go over to MLB is. It's a community of Pro Yakyu fans who have come together to share their knowledge and opinions with the world. It's a place to follow teams and individuals playing baseball in Japan (and Asia), and to learn about Japanese (and Asian) culture through baseball.
It is my sincere hope that once you learn a bit about what we're about here that you will join the community of contributors.