2010-2011 Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles Jersey Home Iwakuma #21

100% Authentic 2010-2011 Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles home jersey. All of the logos are embroidered on the jersey with Iwakuma’s name and his number 21. Made in China, Descente Japan official licensed jersey.

Condition : Brand New with tag
Material : Polyester 100%
Color : White

Size Height (cm) Chest (cm)
Jaspo M 160-170 80-86

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Description

Hisashi Iwakuma, born on April 12, 1981, is a professional baseball player from Higashiyamato city in Tokyo Metropolis. He is currently playing for the MLB team Seattle Mariners. He has a high level of control with his pitches, and he is known for no walking batters. His best pitch is his splitter, which he uses to score outs from batters’ ground balls.

Since he didn’t participate in the Koshien during high school, he was an unknown pitcher. Nevertheless, he was picked in the 5th round of the 1999 draft by the Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes.

The second half of 2001, which was the year the Buffaloes won the Pacific League pennant, was when he started to stand out by producing 4 wins and 2 losses. As a result, he was made a part of the starting rotation in 2002, where he took the mound in 23 matches, marking down 8 wins and 7 losses.

Moreover, in both 2003 and 2004, Iwakuma won 15 matches, which earned him his first titles for having the most wins and for being the most valued pitcher. He had grown to become a top class pitcher in NPB.

However, because of the reorganization problems that took place in the middle of the 2004 season, when the team merged with the Orix BlueWave, and the Tohoku Rakuten entered the league, Iwakuma temporarily entered Orix, but since he refused to play, he was traded for cash to the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles.

The Eagles entrusted him with the mound in the team’s first opening game, which he repaid by becoming their first winning pitcher, and he held on to his spot in the starting rotation throughout the year, but because the team was far behind in the bottom of the league, Iwakuma’s results were also dragged down to 9 wins and 15 losses, a situation where his losses greatly outweighed his wins.

After that, the team continued to struggle and his injuries also prevented him from producing ideal results. During the off-season in 2007, he had surgery done for his right elbow.
The next year, in 2008, he was able to stay in good shape and dish out wins one after another. He finished the season with 21 wins, which earned him the award for most wins and for having the best ERA.

Even though the team finished in 5th place, he seized all the major pitching related awards: Eiji Sawamura award, MVP award, Best Nine award, Best Battery award, etc.

In 2009, he was chosen to represent Japan in the 2nd WBC, and he was one of the starting pitchers, together with Daisuke Matsuzaka and Yu Darvish. In the finals against South Korea, he showed good pitching and was able to only give up 2 points before he was relieved after 7 innings and 2 outs. He had a big impact in getting Samurai Japan their 2nd consecutive World Baseball Classic championship. On top of that, he went 13-6 in the regular season, which pushed up the Eagles to A class for the first time in history.

During the 2011 off-season, he announced his plan to exercise his right as a free agent to continue his career in MLB. On January 5, 2012, he signed a one year contract with the Seattle Mariners. In his first year in MLB, he played as a mid-relief pitcher in the opening game, and in the match against the Texas Rangers on May 30, he took the mound in the 7th inning and made his first save. On June 16, in the match against the San Francisco Giants, he entered the game in the 6th inning and recorded his first MLB victory by scoring 2 innings with no hits and no points lost.

Iwakuma ended his first MLB season with 9 wins and 5 losses, and a 3.16 ERA, which helped him renew his contract with the Mariners. The following year, in 2013, he supported his team as a member of the starting rotation, and demonstrated stable pitching with two digit wins every year. In 2015, he became the second Japanese pitcher to achieve a no-hitter after Hideo Nomo. He also achieved a combined total of 150 wins in NPB and MLB.

However, in the match against the Los Angeles Angels on May 3, 2017, a hit to the left knee and a second right shoulder inflammation took him out of the picture for that season. In the off-season, he wasn’t presented with a contract option and became a free agent.

On November 27, he signed a contract with the Mariners’ minor league team and announced to his fans that he would work hard to make a comeback.

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Size

Jaspo M