Hayato Sakamoto Sakamoto, Hayato


Hayato Sakamoto

Top Team


Uniform Number 6 Position Infielder
Height 186cm Throw/Bat R/R
Weight 83 kg
Hayato Sakamoto

Top Team

2016 SAMURAI JAPAN Warm-up Game

Uniform Number 6 Position Infielder
Height 186cm Throw/Bat R/R
Weight 83 kg
Hayato Sakamoto

Top Team

2016 SAMURAI JAPAN Warm-up Game

Uniform Number 6 Position Infielder
Height 186cm Throw/Bat R/R
Weight 83 kg
Hayato Sakamoto

Top Team

2015 first WBSC premiere 12

Uniform Number 6 Position Infielder
Height 186cm Throw/Bat R/R
Weight 83 kg
Hayato Sakamoto

Top Team

2015 Europe international matches

Uniform Number 6 Position Infielder
Height Throw/Bat R/R
Hayato Sakamoto

Top Team


Uniform Number 6 Position Infielder
Height Throw/Bat R/R

Born in December 14, 1988

Career Kousei Gakuinn Highschool
  2007 Yomiuri Giants

Genius shortstop who has evolved. He got his first best hitter for average title with a. 344 batting average and his first Golden Glove Award last season which was his tenth year as a professional player. He has got a permanent place in SAMURAI JAPAN either.

He has performed well as an irreplaceable regular player since his second year in 2008 after graduating from high school. He was selected for the first time for a national team in a game against Cuba on November, 2012, and played 6 games in the third WBC in 2013 going 6 for 25 with . 240 batting average, but batted in 6 runs including a grand slam. After Kokubo Japan took off, his name was listed in their members, and he played 8 games in Premier 12 in 2013 going 6 for 30 with . 200 batting average, 1 home run and 6 RBIs. Considering that he had a huge potential, his numerical results stayed low, but in the last season, his second year as captain, he kept in good shape from the opening game throughout the season, got a best hitter for average title with . 344 batting average and an on-base percentage title with . 433, in addition to 23 homers and 75 RBIs, maturing in a major way. As of his defense, he showed steadier defenese as well as usual gorgeous plays and got a Gold Glove Award for the first time.

He showed the presence of "No.1 shortstop in NPB" in spring camp this year, hit a 2 RBI double in a practice game against the WBC Korean team on February 19. He is polishing his natural born batting sense and preparing to become a standard-bearer for winning back a championship.

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March 8, 2017
Nakata's go-ahead home run and Tsutsugoh's insurance home run! Japan defeats Australia 4-1, winning 2 games in a row

November 12, 2016
An exciting game for 3 hours 57 minutes! Samurai Japan finally won a walk-off against the Netherlands 9-8 with extra-inning tie-breakers!

November 9, 2016
Official training and official press conference – “We want to have a valuable time,” says Manager Kokubo

November 8, 2016
On the 3rd day of the training camp, Ohtani hit a dynamic triple in the simulated batting practice, and defensive force also tried various combinations

November 7, 2016
On the 2nd day of the training camp, 3 pitchers had a simulated batting practice for warm-up games

July 17, 2016
Samurai Japan will engage in a training camp in November and play four games against the Mexico National Team and the Netherlands National Team in "actual game mode"

March 6, 2016
Sailing to new 1B of the world! We win SAMURAI JAPAN Warm-up Game in 2 successive victories

February 22, 2016
Playback Samurai Japan! Hayato Sakamoto leading Samurai Japan with his great offense and defense plays in the game against South Korea, the first opponent of WBSC Premier 12

February 15, 2016
26 players for Samurai Japan warm-up games have been announced! 6 players express their goals at the press conference.

November 19, 2015
The doomed 9th inning…Japan suffered unexpected defeat at the end despite Ohtani's fine pitching with no runs allowed! Japan lost to South Korea 3-4 and will play the game for the third place.

November 18, 2015
Rakuten Card is now running a campaign to give uniforms signed by Samurai Japan players including Nakata, Ohtani, Maeda, etc.

November 16, 2015
Ace pitcher Maeda played 7 innings with no runs allowed! Japan swept Puerto Rico 9-3 with a perfect harmony between pitching and hitting, advancing to the semifinal game!

November 11, 2015
Dramatic win by Nakata’s explosive five runs! Japan won a walk-off against Mexico with 6-5!

November 8, 2015
An impressive player Ohtani scored 10 strikeouts in 6 innings with no runs allowed! A sweeping victory archrival South Korea with 12 hits! Opened with win for the first champion!

November 6, 2015
Won a come-from-behind victory in the last-ditch 9th inning after a hard fight! “WBSC Premier 12” will start with the score of 2 wins in 2 games in the warm-up game!

November 4, 2015
Now ready for play ball! Previous day’s practice for the warm-up game on 5th. "The cleanup hitter for tomorrow will be Takeya Nakamura," says Manager Kokubo.

October 26, 2015
SAMURAI JAPAN Top Team player introduction / Hayato Sakamoto (Yomiuri Giants)

March 26, 2015
"Hikari TV 4K Global Baseball Match 2015 Samurai Japan vs. Europe" - Event Overview

March 10, 2015
4-3 Come-From-Behind Victory Over All Euro by Samurai Japan, with Focused Hit in Final Innings

March 4, 2015
Playback Samurai Japan! It is batting average in Hayato Sakamoto "2014 SUZUKI ALL STAR SERIES". We contribute to net win with 357

December 26, 2014
It is talk of Sakamoto and Yamada in release "weekly baseball January 5&12 Sun" on December 24

November 15, 2014
Starting Pitcher Norimoto's "Best Pitching Of My Life", Samurai Pitchers' No-Hitter Relay!

November 10, 2014
First campaign, batting order another one do not appear…We are defeated by narrow margin by alliance team

July 28, 2014
Samurai Japan Interview Vol. 6: Hayato Sakamoto of the Top National Team

July 17, 2014
Six Samurai Japan Top National Team players announced

July 17, 2014
Press Conference with 6 Members of “Samurai Japan's” Top Team

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