Tadahito Iguchi...married, wife's name is Asumi...has one daughter, Rio...was a member of the Japan Olympic Silver Medal team in 1996...attended Aoyama Gakuin University...won the Triple Crown and Most Valuable Player award in college...his 24 HR are a Tokyo Metropolitan University record...graduated from Kokugakuin Kugayama High School.
SUMMARY: Batted a combined .267 (124-for-465) with 27 doubles, four triples, nine home runs, 43 RBI,
67 runs scored and 14 stolen bases in 135 games between the Chicago White Sox and Philadelphia Phillies...
notched 32 multi-hit games overall, including five three-hit contests.
IN THE WINDY CITY: Began the season with the White Sox, his third year with the club...hit safely in
11 of his first 15 games (.286, 14-for-49, 10 BB)...batted .360 (18-for-50) during his career-best 13-game
hit streak, 5/30-6/11...hit .309 (30-for-97) in 25 games in June after hitting a combined .221 (33-for-149)
through 42 games in April and May...hit .251 (82-for-327) in 90 games in Chicago before being traded to
Philadelphia on 7/27 in exchange for right-handed pitcher Michael Dubee.
PHILLY IN: Acquired by the Phillies on 7/27 and became the first Japanese-born player in the club's
history...hit at a .304 clip (42-for-138) in 45 contests with Philadelphia to finish the season...reached base
safely in his first 14 games...started 27 games at second base while Chase Utley was on the DL...knocked
his second career pinch-hit home run, 8/27 vs. NYM (Scott Schoeneweis)...singled and scored the winning
run in the ninth inning, 8/30 vs. NYM...appeared in three Division Series games against Colorado, going
0-for-1 with two walks.
Established career highs in average (.281), hits (156), home runs
(18), runs scored (97) and walks (59) in his second season in the major
leagues ... led all American League second basemen in home runs and
runs scored and ranked third in RBI (67) and slugging percentage (.420) ...
tied for second on the team with eight sacrifice hits and ranked third in hits
and runs scored ... posted a .988 (8 E/648 TC) fielding percentage, sixthbest
among AL second basemen ... recorded 41 multihit efforts, third-most
on the Sox ... tied for 10th in the AL with a team-high 16 three-hit games ...
hit .298 (104-349) vs. right-handers and .252 (52-206) vs. lefties ... batted
.313 with 12 home runs at home and .249 with six homers on the road ... hit
.318 (41-129) with runners in scoring position (up from .260 in 2005) and .310 (18-58) with RISP and two outs ...
nine of his 18 home runs came after the sixth inning ... was 12-25 (.480) vs. the Yankees ... went 22-62 (.355) with
five home runs and 19 RBI in interleague play ... made his second straight Opening Day roster ... tied his career
high with four hits on 5/6 vs. Kansas City (third time) ... recorded his first career multihomer game on 5/20 vs. the
Cubs, including his first career grand slam, and drove in six runs ... missed two games on 5/23-24 with a sore right
foot ... collected his second career multihomer game on 6/25 vs. Houston, including his second career grand
slam, and finished with a career-high seven RBI ... the seven RBI were the most by a Sox player since 6/19/04 at
Montreal (7, Juan Uribe) ... hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning and a game-tying grand slam in the ninth off
Brad Lidge as the Sox overcame a 9-2 deficit in the final two frames to force extra innings ... according to the Elias
Sports Bureau, Iguchi became the sixth player since 1982 to homer in both the eighth and ninth innings of a game
that went to extra innings ... suffered a mild sprain of his left ankle on 7/3 vs. Baltimore in a collision with Jermaine
Dye and missed four games ... matched his career high (fourth time) with four hits on 7/15 at Yankee Stadium ...
tied his career high with a 12-game hitting streak from 8/29-9/10 (.386, 17-44) and reached base safely in 20
straight games from 8/29-9/20 ... homered in back-to-back games for the second time in his career on 9/19-20
(also 8/9 and 8/12/05) ... tied for fifth in the AL with 17 walks in September ... hit sixth for the first time in his career
on 9/30 at Minnesota, going 3-5 with a home run and three RBI ... spent most of spring training batting sixth before
moving to the No. 2 position in the lineup on 3/23 ... played in Major League Baseball All-Star Tour of Japan in
November 2006, going 2-7 (.286) with two RBI.
Finished fourth in the American League Rookie of the Year voting after hitting .278 (142-511) with 25
doubles, six triples, 15 home runs and 71 RBI ... received 30 points, including five first-place votes, to place
behind Oakland's Huston Street (97), New York's Robinson Cano (57) and
Tampa Bay's Jonny Gomes (39) ... ranked second among AL rookies in RBI,
multihit games (31), runs scored (74), hits, total bases (224) and stolen bases
(15), third in extra-base hits (46), tied for third in home runs, fourth in average
and fifth in walks (47) ... his 71 RBI were the most by a Sox rookie since
Carlos Lee's 84 in 1999 ... finished third on the Sox in average and stolen
bases, fourth in doubles and RBI and fifth in hits ... tied Juan Uribe for the
team lead with 11 sacrifice hits and ranked third with six sacrifice flies ...
ranked fifth among AL second basemen with 14 homers and 65 RBI ... hit
.304 (83-273) at home and .248 (59-238) on the road ... hit nine of 15 home
runs off right-handers and 10 after the All-Star Break ... batted .260 (34-131)
with runners in scoring position, but .313 (26-83) in close and late situations
... was 3-4 with a double, home run and six RBI as a pinch hitter ... posted a
.978 (14 E/624 TC) fielding percentage ... recorded 31 multihit efforts, including
15 with at least two RBI ... drove in a season-high three runs on four occasions ... made his major-league debut on Opening Day vs. Cleveland, going 0-4 ... became
the second Japanese native to play for the White Sox, joining relief pitcher Shingo Takatsu
(2004-05) ... collected his first major-league hit (double off Kevin Millwood) on 4/6 vs. Cleveland
and his first RBI on 4/7 vs. Cleveland (sacrifice fly) ... collected four hits on 5/3 vs. Kansas
City with his first major-league home run, a two-run shot off Brian Anderson ... four-hit game
was the first by a Sox rookie since Miguel Olivo on 7/30/03 vs. Kansas City ... hit the gamewinning
single on 5/24 at the Angels ... hit a pinch home run on 5/26 vs. Texas ... went 35
straight games from 5/31-7/20 without making an error (157 TC) ... hit a solo home run off Curt
Schilling on 8/12 at Boston ... committed three errors on 8/29 at Texas, the most by a Sox
player since Jose Valentin on 4/8/00 at Oakland (four) ... hit a game-winning homer in the 12th
inning on 8/26 at Seattle ... hit a three-run, pinch-hit double on 9/15 at Kansas City after going 2-5 with a home run
and three RBI on 9/14 ... collected his 1,000th professional hit on 9/26 at Detroit ... his career-high, 12-game
hitting streak (.340, 17-50) ended on 9/25 vs. Minnesota ... Hit .191 (9-47) with one home run, five RBI and three sacrifice hits for the World Champion White Sox ...
became the first Japanese-born position player to play for a World Series champion ... homered and drove in four
runs in the ALDS vs. Boston ... his three-run homer off David Wells in the fifth inning of Game 2 of the ALDS was
the game-winner in the Sox 5-4 decision ... became the second Japanese-born player to homer in the postseason,
joining the Yankees Hideki Matsui ... became the fourth native of Japan to start a World Series game, joining
Tsuyochi Shinjo (2002), Matsui (2003) and So Taguchi (2004) ... went 3-18 (.167) in the World Series ... was 2-7
with one RBI in Game 3 at Houston ... was hit by pitch three times in the ALCS vs. the Angels.
Batted .333 with 34 doubles, 24 home runs and 89 RBI in his eighth season with Fukuoka ... ranked among the Japanese Pacific League leaders in runs scored (2nd, 96), hits (3rd, 170), average (4th), doubles (4th), total bases (4th, 280), stolen bases (T4th, 18), on-base percentage (7th, .394), slugging percentage (8th, .549) and RBI (T8th, 89) ... won his third career Gold Glove Award (all at second base) after compiling a .991 (6 E/635 TC) ... played in his fourth career JPL All-Star Game.
Finished fourth in JPL Most Valuable Player voting after hitting .340 with 37 doubles, 27 home runs, 109 RBI, 112 runs scored and 42 stolen bases ... set career highs in average, runs scored, hits, doubles, RBI, total bases (295), walks (81), slugging percentage (.573) and on-base percentage (.438) ... led the JPL in runs scored and stolen bases ... was successful on 42 of 48 (87.5 percent) steal attempts ... tripled his walk total from 27 to 81 ... finished second among JPL
second basemen with a .986 fielding percentage ... tied a Japan record with four doubles on 7/26 ... hit a two-run homer in Game 7 of the 2003 Japan Series to help the Daiei Hawks win the championship ... also homered off Hideki Irabu of the Hanshin Tigers in Game 6 to force the deciding game.
Led all JPL second basemen with a .990 (6 E/575 TC) fielding percentage ... underwent surgery following
Hit a career-high 30 home runs and led the JPL with a career-high 44 stolen bases ... was successful on 83.0 percent (44-49) of his stolen base attempts ... scored 104 runs, the second-highest total of his career ...
ranked second among JPL second basemen with a career-high .994 (5 E/784 TC) fielding percentage in his first
season at the position ... was hit by a pitch 12 times, second-most in the league ... played in the World Cup in
Taiwan ... hit a grand slam and drove in six runs in a 21-0 victory vs. the Philippines in Round 1.
Was limited by a shoulder injury to 54 games.
Helped the Daiei Hawks win the Japan Series championship.
Compiled a career-best .983 (10 E/585 TC) fielding percentage at shortstop ... hit 21 home runs.
Made his professional debut with Fukuoka after being selected in the first round of the draft ... injured
ankle ligaments in spring training and began the season on the disabled list ... made his debut on 5/3 vs. Kinetsu
at Fukuoka Dome, singling off Shintaro Yamasaki in his first at-bat and hitting a grand slam in his third at-bat ...
became the first rookie in Japanese League history to hit a grand slam in his debut game.