Todd Takayoshi Appreciation
June 21, 2011, 10:41 pm
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Our affinity for UH Baseball is widely known. Here we pay tribute to the one, the only, Todd Takayoshi. With a name that rolls off the tongue like Todd Takayoshi you know you are going places. It’s just cool to say. Imagine the girls in grade school saying, “Wow, there goes Todd… Todd Takayoshi”. Apparently Todd has been a hitting coach with the Angels all these years. He’s the guy teaching Tori Hunter to blast line drives.

Also, a recent addition to our list of favorite players, congratulations to Kolten Wong for getting selected 22nd overall by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2011 MLB Draft. Psyched! I like that name, if you go all the way Kolt I’m naming my first born after you! If he would have gotten picked up the by the Mets I would have shit myself. But, why wish that on anyone. Full re-cap of the Pizza Party! coming soon…

Todd Takayoshi

Bats Left, Throws Right
Height 6′ 1″, Weight 190 lb.
School: University of Hawai’i at Manoa
Born October 4, 1970 in Honolulu, HI

At the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, catcher Todd Takayoshi was Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year in 1991.

He then began his pro career with the independent Pocatello Posse in 1993 winning the Pioneer League batting title with a .358/~.468/.465 line and earning a place on the all-star team at DH. He led the league in OBP and walks (50).

He moved to the California Angels organization in 1994, hitting .308/~.396/.447 in 95 games with the Cedar Rapids Kernels and .167/~.286/.167 in only 18 AB with the Lake Elsinore Storm. For Lake Elsinore in 1995 he hit .242/~.402/.350 in only 157 AB while sharing time with Benji Molina and Andy Allanson among others and he hit .278/.316/.389 in 18 AB for the Midland Angels. Returning to Lake Elsinore yet again in 1996, Takayoshi hit .310/~.443/.474, primarily as DH. In 7 AB with the Vancouver Canadians he hit .286/~.292/.286.

In 1997, Takayoshi moved to the independent Western League and the Reno Chukars. He was named Player of the Year for winning the batting title with his .407/??/.593 line and leading the league with 137 hits and 88 RBI. In 1998 his numbers dropped a bit to .318/??/.460.

Takayoshi was a coach with the Cedar Rapids Kernels in 2002 and the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes in 2003. In 2007 he was the Angels’ roving hitting instructor. In 2011 he was the Angels’ minor league hitting coordinator.

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