I just reached the turning point… 4 times 37-year-old right-hander Wakui ‘8 losses’, the most losses in both leagues even after recording QS 8 times

Hideaki Wakui (37), a veteran right-hander of the Chunichi Dragons, holds a unique record in Japanese professional baseball. He won the most wins title four times with three teams in both leagues. In general, an ace-level pitcher who is high enough to rank first in most wins has little movement, but his current team, Chunichi, is the fourth team.

He made his debut with the Seibu Lions in 2005 and won 17 wins in 2007 and 16 wins in 2009, becoming the king of most wins.

2009, his fifth professional year, was his best season. He pitched 27 games and pitched 211⅔ innings, pitching 11 complete games and winning four shutouts.

He had 199 strikeouts, a 2.30 earned run average, and a winning percentage of 7.2 par. He recorded the most wins, the most complete games, and the most shutouts, and was second in strikeout-earning average-winning percentage. That year, he received the Sawamura Award, the highest honor given to a starting pitcher.

After nine years at Seibu, Wakui was traded to the Chiba Lotte Marines in 2014 . In 2015, his second season after the transfer, he posted 15 wins (9 losses) and became the third most-winner.

In December 2019, Wakui changed to the same Pacific League’s Rakuten Eagles uniform. He moved in a cash trade. He only won 3 wins (7 losses) in 2019, but he became the pitcher with the most wins as soon as he moved the team. He has 11 wins (4 losses). Tied for first place with Kodai Senga and Shuta Ishikawa (above Softbank Hawks). It was his 4th win title in 5 years. .

In November of last year, he was traded again. It was his 19th season at Chunichi.

Until last year, he had 60 complete games in 468 games and won 154 victories. He threw 76⅔ innings as a starter this year as well.


In an away game against the Yokohama Baystars on the 2nd, Wakui recorded 5 hits and 3 runs in 5⅔innings and became the losing pitcher. After giving up two consecutive walks in the bottom of the second inning, he was hit by a timely one RBI hit by opponent No. 8 Yudai Yamamoto. 0-1. In the bottom of the 3rd inning, he gave up a timely hit to Shugo Maki, the 4th batter from 2nd base, and allowed an extra run. 0-2.

In the top of the 6th inning, Chunichi succeeded in counterattacking and scored 2 points to turn the game around.메이저사이트

However, at 2-2, he conceded 1 run in the bottom of the 6th inning. Leading batter Maki hit a double that hit the right fence directly. In the ensuing 1st and 3rd base, an additional run was conceded with a sacrifice hit. Wakui gave up a walk after two deaths and was replaced. Chunichi, who lost 2-3, went down again to the bottom of the Central League.

Out of 13 games this season, 8 games were finished with quality starts (6 or more starting innings, 3 earned runs or less). I just turned around the halfway point, and I recorded 8 losses (3 wins, an average ERA of 3.52). 1st place in both leagues. It is difficult to receive support from other players because the power of the team is weak. Chunichi is 5th in team batting average (2.36) and 6th in home runs (31) among the 6 Central League teams.

Wakui was a member of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, 2009 and 2013 WBC (World Baseball Classic) Japan National Team.