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Michihiro Ogasawara
Tokyo Dome (Ogasawara Swing).jpg
Yomiuri Giants — No. 2
Infielder
Bats: Left Throws: Right
Professional debut
1997 for the Nippon Ham Fighters
statistics
(through 2006)
Batting average     .320
Home runs     239
RBI     730
Teams
Career highlights and awards
Olympic medal record
Men's Baseball
Bronze Athens 2004 Team Competition
World Baseball Classic
Gold 2006 San Diego Team Competition
Gold 2009 Los Angeles Team Competition

Michihiro Ogasawara (小笠原 道大, born October 25, 1973 in Chiba, Chiba Prefecture, Japan) is a professional baseball player in the Japanese Central League. He currently plays first base for the Yomiuri Giants. He played with the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters from 1997 to 2006.

Career

Ogasawara is one of the most consistent hitters in Japanese baseball. He won two consecutive batting titles from 2002-2003, and led the league in home runs and RBIs in 2006 to win the Pacific League MVP award. He led the league in hits from 2000-2001, and has won 6 Japanese Golden Glove awards at first base and third base. He participated in the 2004 Summer Olympics held in Athens, Greece, winning a bronze medal. He also played for the Japanese national team in the 2006 World Baseball Classic, where he hit a home run off Esteban Loaiza at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. In 2006, he helped the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters win their first Pacific League pennant since 1981, sweeping the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks in the playoffs to reach the Japanese championship series against the Chunichi Dragons. The Fighters beat the Dragons in 5 games to win the Japanese championship series.

He became a free agent in 2006, and signed a four-year contract with the Yomiuri Giants during the off-season.

Trivia

Ogasawara played for Japan in the 2006 World Baseball Classic.
  • He runs a sightseeing business for a village in the Ogasawara Islands during the off-season.
  • Known for his trademark "Guts Full Swing"
  • During his time at the Hokkaido NipponHam Fighters his knicknames were "Guts (ガッツ)" and Mr. Full Swing (ミスター・フルスイング).
  • Ogasawara's unofficial mascot is the dolphin, as his name matches that of an island off the coast of Japan known for its dolphins.
  • When he joined the Yomiuri Giants as a free agent after the 2006 season he shaved his trademark facial hair.

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Awards
Preceded by
Toshiya Sugiuchi
Pacific League MVP
2006
Succeeded by
Yu Darvish
Preceded by
Kosuke Fukudome
Central League MVP
2007
Succeeded by
Alex Ramírez
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