Koji Uehara

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Koji Uehara
上原 浩治
Koji Uehara with the Baltimore Orioles
Born: (1975-04-03) April 3, 1975 (age 48)
Neyagawa, Osaka, Japan
Batted: Right Threw: Right
Professional debut
NPB: March 29, 1999, for the Yomiuri Giants
MLB: April 8, 2009, for the Baltimore Orioles
Last appearance
MLB: September 2, 2017, for the Chicago Cubs
NPB: 2019, for the Yomiuri Giants
NPB statistics
Win–loss record112–67
Earned run average3.03
MLB statistics
Win–loss record22–26
Earned run average2.66
Career highlights and awards


Koji Uehara (上原 浩治, Uehara Kōji, [ɯehara koːdʑi]; born April 3, 1975) is a former Japanese professional baseball pitcher. He 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 an MLB career strikeout rate of 10.7 K/9 innings and a 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.[1] He 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, he became one of sixteen players in history to have won both a World Series and a World Baseball Classic.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Major League leaderboards for [..] pitchers with custom statistics". Fangraphs.com. Archived from the original on August 13, 2013. Retrieved August 13, 2013.