Houston Astros outfielder Nori Aoki joined the prestige 2,000 hit club with his hits in Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball and the major leagues.
Aoki collected his 2,000 professional career hit with a single to left field against Angels lefthander Jose Alvarez in the sixth inning of Sunday’s game.
Aoki has 716 hits in the major league and 1,284 hits in Japan. The feat gives Aoki an automatic ticket into the Meikyukai. A defacto hall-of-fame in Japan that is also known as the Golden Players Club. Players are automatically inducted if they reach career totals of 2,000 hits, 200 wins, or 250 saves in professional leagues.
Aoki was presented with his jacket for the Golden Players Club after the game and the Astros gave him a bottle of Chimney Rock Cabernet Sauvignon, that was also signed by the Astros players and coaches.
Nori Aoki presented with his jacket as he's inducted into the Golden Players Club. pic.twitter.com/NPZ6iWPtvM— Julia Morales (@JuliaMorales) June 11, 2017
Aoki has played in the major leagues since 2012 after playing eight years in Japan.