After playing for the Hanshin Tigers for 11 years
In December 2000, he became the first Japanese FA player to play in the Major Leagues. He became the first Japanese player to hit a grand slam homer, the first Japanese player to play in the World Series, and his memorable performances have thrilled many fans.
In 2004, he joined the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters. He always created a buzz with his now legendary performances, comments, and plays, and in October 2006, he regrettably took off his uniform.
He became manager of the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters on January 1, 2022.