|Koji Uehara |
Koji Uehara with the Baltimore Orioles
|Born: April 3, 1975|
Neyagawa, Osaka, Japan
|NPB: March 29, 1999, for the Yomiuri Giants|
|MLB: April 8, 2009, for the Baltimore Orioles|
|MLB: September 2, 2017, for the Chicago Cubs|
|NPB: 2019, for the Yomiuri Giants|
|Earned run average||3.03|
|Earned run average||2.66|
|Career highlights and awards|
Koji Uehara (born April 3, 1975) is a Japanese former professional baseball pitcher. He previously played for the Yomiuri Giants of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB), as well as the Baltimore Orioles, Texas Rangers, Boston Red Sox, and Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball (MLB).
A right-handed pitcher, Uehara has a MLB career strikeout rate of 10.7 K/9 and walk rate of 1.5 BB/9 (through the 2017 season). Through the 2017 season, his career 7.33 K/BB is the best in MLB history for a player with at least 100 innings pitched. Uehara won the 2013 ALCS MVP Award, and closed the final game of the 2013 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. With his World Series win, Uehara became one of sixteen players in history to have won both a World Series and a World Baseball Classic.