He previously worked as a hitting coach for the Hanshin Tigers prior to the 2012 season. After the team failed to make the 2011 play-offs, team manager Akinobu Mayumi was fired, and Yutaka Wada was giving the position to replace him less than a week later. 1500 games played
24 game hitting streak from opening game (1997)
3 straight seasons with playing every game
Golden Glove (2nd baseman)
All star player (1989, 1992–1996, 1999).