The Japanese Aaron Choose chases single-season house run report

Aaron Choose is not the one slugger chasing a house run report this season. America, meet Munetaka Murakami.

Driving the information: Murakami, 22, belted two extra HR on Tuesday for the first-place Tokyo Yakult Swallows of Japan’s Nippon Skilled Baseball, giving the third baseman 55 on the season.

Why it issues: That tied Sadaharu Oh for probably the most ever hit by a Japanese-born participant. And with 15 video games left, he is 5 HR shy of tying the NPB’s single-season report of 60 (Wladimir Balentien of Curaçao in 2013).

By the numbers: Regardless of being simply 22, Murakami is already a three-time NPB All-Star, coming into this yr with 103 HR throughout his first three full seasons. This yr’s stats: .337 BA, 55 HR, 132 RBI.

Between the traces: Murakami and Choose are each far outpacing their closest competitors — NPB’s second place has 39, MLB’s has 37 — and in keeping with a teammate the dingers even look related.

  • “He is positively been hitting Choose-esque tanks,” former Astro and present Swallows starter Cy Sneed instructed’s Jon Morosi. “Neither of them are hitting wall-scrapers.”
  • Murakami may find yourself in MLB — ultimately. MLB’s worldwide free agent guidelines suppress the earnings of gamers beneath 25, and neither he nor the Swallows have talked about something about such a transfer.

The underside line: There’s nothing fairly like an exciting house run race. Though Choose and Murakami are lapping the sphere of their respective leagues, we are able to nonetheless watch them go toe-to-toe from an ocean away.

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