Baseball has become one of the most famous sports in America after football, basketball, and hockey. The game has produced many stars, including the Japanese star pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, who plays Major League Baseball for the New York Yankees. He is a five-time All-Star and two-time winner of the Eiji Sawamura Award.
Masahiro Tanaka has signed a $155 million contract to play for the Yankees in 2014. Previously, he played for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of the Nippon Professional Baseball League from 2007 to 2013. His contract with the Yankees was the fifth largest pitcher contract in MLB history.
Masahiro Tanaka’s Bio
Masahiro was born on November 1, 1988, in Itami, Hygog, Japan. Due to his physical characteristics, Tanaka started playing baseball at a very tender age. He graduated from Komazawa University High School in Hokkaido. Drawn in 2006 by the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles, Tanaka began his professional career as one of Japan’s best pitchers. He was signed for 1 million yen with a 100 million yen bonus and other incentives.
In his rookie year 2007, Tanaka ended the season by winning the Pacific League Most Valuable Rookie of the Year Award. The following year, he played for the Japanese national team at the Beijing Olympics, finishing fifth. In the 2009 season, Tanaka ended the season with an impressive finish, winning the Pacific League Monthly Most Valuable Player Award for the first time since the beginning of his career. In 2013, he made history. With 21 consecutive wins, he set an NPB record and led the Eagles to their first-ever Pacific League title. He also received his second Sawamura Award for his outstanding achievements.
New York Yankees Career
Following his outstanding performance in the 2013 season, Tanaka was scouted by MLB representatives and through the revised posting system, he was seconded with a $20 million fee. Many international teams, including the Houston Astros, the Chicago White Sox, the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the New York Yankees, competed for the Japanese right-handed pitcher. Tanaka finally signed a seven-year contract worth 155 million dollars with the New York Yankees. His contract includes a post-fourth-year exit clause and a full no-trade clause.
Masahiro Tanaka played the Toronto Blue Jays for the first time in the Major League in 2014. He finished the game in seven innings with eight strikeouts, claiming his first win of the season. In 2016 he finished the season with a record 14-4, 165 strikeouts, and 3.07 ERA, making him the third-best player in the American League.
The following year, Tanaka became the first Japanese pitcher in MLB history to record a double-digit win in the first four seasons. He ended the 2017 season with a record 13-12, 194 strikeouts, and 35 home runs. Tanaka also announced that he would stay with the Yankees until the end of his seven-year contract. This means that he will not make use of the opt-out clause for the fourth year as set out in his original contract. He ended his first season in 2018, taking 13 consecutive clubs, one home run, and eight strikeouts out of the game.
Who is His Wife – Mai Satoda?
An avid fan of Japanese pop culture, Tanaka also found his love among the beautiful pop stars in Japan. He is currently married to a pop star and model named Mai Satoda. Mai is both a former member and a current supervisor of the pop group Country Musume. While Tanaka does what he does best on location, Mai, who is on TV screens, makes headlines with her extraordinary dancing skills. She has appeared in many Japanese television shows and has also released many songs together with the group Country Musume.
The couple met at the 2010 Professional Baseball All-Stars Sports Festival held in Japan. They started their relationship in November 2010, and after about a year of a successful relationship, the perfect couple sealed their love with a marriage bond in December 2012. The wedding ceremony took place in Hawaii and was attended by Tanaka’s teammates and close friends and family members. Mai gave birth to her first child, a son, on February 15, 2016. They currently live in New York City in the United States.
His Salary Earnings and Net Worth
Masahiro Tanaka has been outstanding since the beginning of his career and has accumulated enormous wealth for himself. His seven-year contract with the New York Yankees was worth $155 million and was the largest contract ever signed for an international free agent. In addition, the Yankees also paid a $20 million assignment fee. Tanaka, however, earns $22 million a year in salary, and his net worth is a whopping $33 million. Apart from baseball, Tanaka also earns from other sponsorship money.
Height, Weight, and Body Measurements
The Japanese baseball prodigy is a handsome guy with an incredible personality. He has a male bodybuild that contributes to his numerous successes on the field. Besides a well-built body, Tanaka is also very tall, standing at a height of 6 feet 2 inches (1.91 m). He has impeccable body measurements and weighs 98 kg. His hair color is black and he has brown eyes.