Kazuhiro Kiyohara

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Kazuhiro Kiyohara
Kazuhiro Kiyohara.jpg
Born: (1967-08-18) August 18, 1967 (age 52)
Batted: Right Threw: Right
NPB debut
April 5, 1986, for the Seibu Lions
Last appearance
October 1, 2008, for the Orix Buffaloes
NPB statistics
(through 2008)
Batting average.273
As Player
Career highlights and awards
  • 18× NPB All-Star (1986–1998, 2000–2002, 2005, 2006)
  • Best Nine Award (1988, 1990, 1992)
  • 5× Golden Glove Award (1988, 1990, 1992–1994)
Kazuhiro Kiyohara with the Seibu Lions

Kazuhiro Kiyohara (born August 18, 1967 in Kishiwada, Osaka) is a former professional baseball player in Japan, having played in Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball league for 23 seasons. He retired following the 2008 season. Kiyohara is often referred as "The Uncrowned King" because he never won a major batting title, even though he was one of NPB's greatest hitters. He surpassed 2,000 hits, 500 home runs, and 1,500 RBIs.