Shinnosuke Abe

Shinnosuke Abe
Abe with the Yomiuri Giants
Yomiuri Giants – No. 10
Born: (1979-03-20) March 20, 1979
Urayasu, Chiba, Japan
Bats: Left Throws: Right
2001, for the Yomiuri Giants
Career statistics
(through 2017)
Batting average .284
Home runs 388
Runs batted in 1,212
Career highlights and awards

Shinnosuke Abe (阿部 慎之助, Abe Shinnosuke, born March 20, 1979 in Urayasu, Chiba) is a Japanese professional baseball player with the Yomiuri Giants in Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball. He is the captain of the Giants.

He has played for the Japanese national team since 1999 as a catcher. He was on the Japanese team roster of the 2004 MLB Japan All-Star Series and the 2006 MLB Japan All-Star Series. He has twice been named the MVP of the Nippon Professional Baseball All-Star Series, in 2007 (Game 1) and 2010 (Game 1).

In the 2009 Japan Series, won by Abe's Giants 4 games to 2 over the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters, he was named the Most Valuable Player.

In 2012, after hitting .340 with 27 home runs and 104 RBIs, Abe was named the Central League Most Valuable Player. In addition, Abe was the co-recipient (along with teammate Tatsunori Hara) of the 20112 Matsutaro Shoriki Award.

He was the captain of Japanese national team in 2013 WBC, and hit 2 home runs in the same inning against the Netherlands, becoming the first and only player to achieve such a feat in the history of the WBC.

With 396 career home runs (through August 2018), Abe ranks #20 on the NPB career list.

Preceded by
Japan women's national football team
Japan Professional Sports Grand Prize Winner
Succeeded by
Masahiro Tanaka
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