I think this belt is one of the reasons why I am able to maintain my condition throughout the season.”

Katsuya Kakunaka (角中 勝也) is a renowned professional Japanese baseball outfielder who has made a significant impact in Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) league. Born on May 25, 1987, Kakunaka's talent was evident from his NPB debut on July 24, 2007, with the Chiba Lotte Marines, where he continues to play to this day. With a left-handed batting style and a right-handed throwing arm, he has showcased outstanding consistency and skill, boasting a .284 batting average, 1,120 hits, 56 home runs, 460 RBIs, and 63 stolen bases through the 2020 season.

Throughout his career, Kakunaka has earned multiple accolades and recognition for his contributions to the game. He has been recognized as an NPB All-Star on three occasions (2012, 2015, and 2016) and has been granted the Best Nine Award twice (2012, 2016), showcasing his exceptional skill in the outfield. Kakunaka's achievements also include two PL Batting Championships, furthering his reputation as one of the league's premier hitters. With a Japan Series Championship victory in 2010, Katsuya Kakunaka's legacy remains one of success, skill, and dedication, making him a respected figure in Japanese professional baseball. 


Chiba Lotte Marines – No. 3



Born: May 25, 1987 (age 36)


Bats: Left

Throws: Right


NPB debut

July 24, 2007, for the Chiba Lotte Marines


NPB statistics (through the 2020 season):

Batting average: .284

Hits: 1,120

Home runs: 56

RBI: 460

Stolen Bases:63



  • Kōchi Fighting Dogs (2006)
  • Chiba Lotte Marines (2007–present)


Career highlights and awards

  • 3× NPB All-Star (2012, 2015, 2016)
  • 2× Best Nine Award (2012, 2016)
  • 2× PL Batting Champion (2012, 2016)
  • Japan Series Champion (2010)