Shinji Imanaka

Shinji Imanaka
Born: (1971-03-06) March 6, 1971
Kadoma, Osaka, Japan
Batted: Left Threw: Left
NPB debut
May 26, 1989, for the Chunichi Dragons
Last NPB appearance
July 13, 2001, for the Chunichi Dragons
NPB statistics
(through 2001)
Win–loss record 91-69
Saves 5
ERA 3.15
Strikeouts 1129

As player

As coach

Career highlights and awards
Last updated on: 9 February 2014

Shinji Imanaka (今中 慎二, Imanaka Shinji, born March 6, 1971 in Kadoma, Osaka, Japan) is a former Nippon Professional Baseball pitcher.

Imanaka attended the Daitō campus of Osaka Sangyo University High School, which became Osaka Tōin High School in his final year. He was recognized as the school's ace pitcher and scouted by several clubs including the Yomiuri Giants and his hometown team, the Hanshin Tigers. Despite being a Hanshin fan himself, Imanaka had his sights set solely on playing for the Chunichi Dragons, who had won the league penant during his final year of high school. Imanaka went as far as declaring that he would not play professional baseball if another team drafted him. Chunichi obliged and selected him in the first round of the 1988 rookie draft.[1]


  1. "【11月10日】2001年(平13) 沢村賞投手・今中慎二「自信がなくなった」" [(10 November 2001) Eiji Sawamura Award winner Shinji Imanaka declares "I've lost confidence"] (in Japanese). November 2009. Archived from the original on 17 November 2015. Retrieved 6 November 2015.

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