Nippon Ham Fighters outfielder Jusei Mannami (23) hits his 25th home run of the season. He hit a leadoff home run in the first inning against the Chiba Lotte Mariners at Escon Field in Kitahiroshima, Hokkaido, on June 26. He drove an outside cut fastball from Chiba Lotte veteran right-hander Manabu Mima (37) over the right field fence.
He hit his 24th on Sept. 23 against the Rakuten Eagles, giving him a home run in three games. Hit five in 18 games in September.
Fifth-year pro who debuted in 2019. 1.92-98 kilograms with excellent athleticism. Has had a breakout season. After hitting five home runs in 2021 and 14 in 2022, he’s looking at the home run title.
He’s in it until the end.
As of the 26th, Mannami, Hideto Asamura (Rakuten Eagles), and Gregory Polanco (Chiba Lotte Marines) are tied for the home run lead with 25. Asamura and Polanco were silent for four games after hitting 25 back-to-back on July 21. They were leading the way, but Mannami caught up.
They are followed by Gensuke Kondo (SoftBank Hawks) by one. He has two in his last four games. He hit 23 and 24 against Chiba Lotte on Sept. 21 and 25.
Polanco, a Dominican Republic national, is in his second year in Nippon Professional Baseball. He spent last year with the Yomiuri Giants.
24 home runs for the Yomiuri Giants. He has good power but a low batting average and is weak in scoring position. After failing to re-sign with the Giants, he switched to the Chiba Lotte uniform.
Asamura is the only former home run king among the top four. He led the Pacific League in home runs with 32 in 2020 while with the Seibu Lions. Since 2018, he has hit over 30 home runs for three straight years. Has hit double-digit home runs in 11 straight years, starting with 27 in 2013. He has 282 for his career.
Gondo, who played for Nippon Ham, signed as a free agent with SoftBank last winter. He signed a seven-year, 5 billion yen ($45.1 billion) contract, the highest in Nippon Professional Baseball history.
He transformed from a contact hitter to a long ball hitter during his time with the team. 52 home runs in 11 years from 2012 to 2022. His 11 in 2021 was a single-season record, but this year he’s in contention for the home run title.온라인바카라
Mannami has six games left, Kondo has eight, Asamura has nine, and Polanco has 10. Anyone can win the home run title.
At this rate, it will be the first time in 11 years that someone has hit 20 home runs.
In the Central League, Kazuma Okamoto (Yomiuri Giants) is a lock for the third home run title with 41. Munetaka Murakami (Yakult Swallows) is second with 31 and Shugo Maki (Yokohama BayStars) is third with 29.