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Top Guns

Today’s list focuses on catchers throwing out would-be base stealers.

The list of the 10 catchers with the highest caught-stealing percentage is dominated by catchers from the 1950s and 1960s, when, home runs were less frequent, speed was a bigger part of Japan’s game and nearly a fifth of the runners on first base were trying to steal as opposed to less than a 10th in the 1990s.

Of the 10 catchers on the list, four first appear in the data in the 1950s and four in the 1960s and are heavily represented by Osaka area teams.

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NPB wrap 9-28-21

The Swallows gained a game in the Central League on both the Yomiuri Giants and Hanshin Tigers on Tuesday thanks to three home runs and a fine pitching performance from rookie Yasunobu Okugawa. Thirty-nine-year-old Norichika Aoki drove in all of Yakult’s runs with a grand slam, while 44-year-old Kosuke Fukudome’s homer sank the Giants, and Seiya Suzuki’s 30th home run beat the Tigers.

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