Sunday, 27 November 2011

Yakult Swallows ~Ryouji Aikawa~

The fifth phase of the Yakult Swallows. Today, I introduce Ryouji Aikawa, the catcher of the Yakult Swallows.

Ryoji Aikawa is from Chiba and he is 35 years old. His jersey number is No. 2. He belonged to the Yokohama BayStars from the first. In 1994, he joined the Yokohama BayStars at the 5th place of the draft. Although he had the baseball sense from his high school days, the team was weak and he could not be conspicuous. He participated in the regular-season game for the first time in the fifth year. But, he was not able to become very much regular.

When he has distinguished himself gradually in 2004, he was chosen as the representative of Japan for the Athens Olympics baseball. He devoted in the role of a backroom person there, and he was appreciated very much by everybody of the team. After the homecoming, he maintained good condition and became regular. Moreover, he worked the players' association chief of the Yokohama BayStars for three years from 2005. He was elected as WBC in 2006.

In 2009, he transferred to the Yakult Swallows. He acted as the regular immediately after the transfer. Although he has many injuries, he is still continuing protecting a catcher's regular.

I would like to expect his activity also from next year.

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