Masahiro Tanaka

Baseball Player
Born Nov 1, 1988
Age 27
Hometown Itami

Masahiro Tanaka is a Japanese starting pitcher for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles. Tanaka led his team to a championship in the National High School Baseball tournament as a junior for Komazawa University Tomakomai High School in 2005 and a runner-up berth in the same tournament as a senior in 2006. The Eagles' first-round pick in the 2006 NPB high school draft, he is the team's ace.… Read More

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  • Baseball Highlights Of Sunday's Mlb Games
    Yahoo News - Apr 18, 2016
  • Tanaka Unsure Of Status For Yankees Opener
    Yahoo News - Feb 12, 2016
  • Yankees’ Masahiro Tanaka Has Elbow Surgery
    NYTimes - Oct 21, 2015
  • Yankees' Tanaka Has Elbow Surgery, Will Return In 2016
    Yahoo News - Oct 20, 2015


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Masahiro Tanaka.


1988 Birth Born on November 1, 1988.


2006 17 Years Old On September 25, in the 2006 NPB high school draft, the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters, Orix Buffaloes, Yokohama BayStars and Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles all selected Tanaka with their first-round picks. … Read More
2008 19 Years Old Tanaka was able to make only 24 starts (as opposed to 28 in his rookie season), missing playing time because of both a brief rehab stint in the minors due to inflammation in his shoulder and his participation in the 2008 Beijing Olympics as a member of the Japanese national team. … Read More


2009 20 Years Old He also played for Japan in the 2009 World Baseball Classic, coming on in relief for Satoshi Komatsu midway through the sixth inning of the seeding match against South Korea in the second round but surrendering a home run to Lee Bum-Ho (Japan won 6-2). … Read More
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