[12/11/2016] Updates on Shigeo Yanagida and Shinji Iwata

When Yokohama senryokugai Shigeo Yanagida was let go for the second time during his career, he knew it was time to retire. After graduating from high school, he decided to play in the Industrial League with Duplo. He had a hard time fitting in and quit when he was nineteen. He joined the Nomo Baseball Club in 2003 after spending a little over a year away from baseball. He was drafted by Chunichi in 2005 and then released in 2013. He got offers from a number of teams and picked Yokohama because they were the first to approach him. He was happy with his decision because for the first time during his career, he felt like he belonged. When the Bay Stars let him go this year, they offered him a job in the organization, which he accepted.

Shinji Iwata struggled with right shoulder problems the last few years. His shoulder felt better this year, but he still failed to make the active roster. When the Chunichi Dragons informed him in the September that he was not a part of the team’s plans in 2017, he decided to retire. He initially turned down Chunichi’s plans for a retirement game/ceremony, but was later convinced to have one. He is now working in the Dragons’ front office.

Source: Sponichi 12/10/2016, Sponichi 12/11/2016

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