Murata Zhaoji (left). (File photo, Associated Press)
[Canolfan Chwaraeon / Adroddiad Cynhwysfawr]Japanese Hall of Fame pitcher Murata Zhaoji died today at 3:10 am local time in Japan due to a fire at his home in Setagaya District, Tokyo, at the age of 72.
The Japanese media “Sponichi Annex” reported that a fire started in Murata’s second floor home. The local police said that Murata was sent to the hospital for emergency treatment due to unconsciousness, but unfortunately he died.
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Murata is famous for his throwing style with high arms and high legs. He has accumulated 215 wins and 33 successful saves in his 22-year career in Japan, with an average defense rating of 3.24. He has thrown a total of 148 violent strikes in his career, which is still a Japanese record. Murata won four foreign league strikeout kings, three foreign league in defensive rating, and one in the foreign league in earned pitches.
Murata Zhaoji served as a retired ball umpire, served as the first team pitching coach of Daeiying (now SoftBank), and was inducted into the Japan Baseball Hall of Fame (also known as the Japan Baseball Hall of Fame) in 2005.
Murata Zhaoji was arrested by Japanese police for allegedly assaulting female security inspectors at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport in September this year, and was later released. He also resigned from the Sawamura Prize selection committee in October.
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