Starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka of Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Japan was a rising star and hot commodity in the baseball world .
After all , the 25 - year -old right- hander has enjoyed celebrity status for leading his team to the national championship as a Japanese high school junior in 2005 . And after 7 - year career in Nippon Professional Baseball League that saw him rack up 1,238 strikeouts in 1,315 innings with a 2.35 ERA , is now laid upon Tanaka holiday wish list for a number of teams Major League Baseball .
But before embracing his future , Tanaka had a chance to celebrate her this past weekend. Thanks to an incredible streak performance run from August 26, 2012 October 27, 2013 , Tanaka received official certification achieved three Guinness World Records :
1.) Most consecutive games won by a pitcher (30)
2.) Most consecutive regular-season games won by a pitcher (28)
3.) Most consecutive games won by a pitcher in a single regular season (24)
"I appreciate my teammates, the staff, and everyone who supported me," Tanaka said in exclusive comments to the GWR. "I think I can get the Guinness World Records [title] so I'm surprised and I feel very honored at once."
To qualify for the record , only professional players in a national top - flight league are eligible , meaning achieved minor league , collegiate ranks , or competition of high school are not included .
Tanaka amazing run began with the 2012 season , where he finished the campaign with four wins . He then won 24 straight decisions in 2013 regular season , achieving him the same notes not . 2 and 3 above reference . Record No. 1 takes into account postseason victories , and Tanaka reached 30 wins without a loss then cut two more victories en route to eventual Japan Series title in 2013 in the Golden Eagles ' .
" I tried to do the same as always in every game , " said Tanaka . " That 's no pressure . Thought I about how to win the game and contribute to the success for my team . "
His achievements far outstrip those of the American Tim Keefe and Rube Marquard , who each amassed 19 straight winning decision ( regular and postseason ) in 1888 and 1912 , respectively . Carl Hubbell - who will suffer the postseason defeats between seasons - won 24 consecutive regular - season MLB decisions in 1936-37 . And Tanaka 's compatriot Kazuhisa Inao held the previous mark for single - season capability 20 , 1957 NPB season 's .
Tanaka finally lost a decision in Game 6 of the Japan Series , bringing an end to his overall score . But his record for most consecutive regular - season games won is still technically active . As he most likely saw his way to Major League Baseball competition next season , Japan and the rest of the baseball world wait to see how long you can just ride his winning ways Tanaka .
" I can not think of [ the ] future , " Tanaka said , " but I want to keep the focus on playing brick by brick , one match by one match . "