Ryosuke Kikuchi Achieves 10% Season Defensive Rate First Professional Baseball on 2nd Baseman November 11 22:41
Ryosuke Kikuchi of Hiroshima, a professional baseball player. We finished this season without errors and achieved a 100% defensive rate for the first time in the history of professional baseball in the second half.
Kikuchi, who is in his ninth year as a professional and has won the Golden Glove Award for the seventh consecutive year until last season, has been playing without error until the 10th with a light grab and a stable throw, in addition to his wide range of defence this season.
On the evening of the 11th, they did not play in the final match of the season against Chunichi at Hiroshima City’s Mazda Stadium, so they finished the season without errors and achieved a 100% defensive rate.
This is the first time in the history of professional baseball that we have a defensive rate of 10% in the second half.
The highest defensive rate in the second so far was 909 minutes and 7 tsubo, with Yutaka Takagi of the Ocean in 1962 in the SE League and Kazuyuki Shirai of Nippon Ham in 1994 in the Pa League.
In addition, the record for consecutive defensive opportunities and blunders in the second season, which set the SE League record on October 15, has also been extended to 503.
Kikuchi said, “I was bothered by batting, and I was playing every day thinking about what I could do. I’m relieved that it’s over today.”
As for the fact that he set a new se-league record for consecutive defensive opportunities and blunders in the second half of the season, he said, “I thought I was just going to do my best not to bother you one day at a time. After the record came to be whispered, there was a part of me that I was aware of somewhere, but I think it was good that I was able to spend my days for the team so that I wouldn’t be aware of it.”
On top of that, he said, “I think it’s a big record if I can continue next year, so I’d like to do my best not to make errors next year. It’s best for us as a team to be able to move on the ground, so we’d like to do our best for the team.”