The media learned on January 4 that thirty-five-year-old Ken Kato is planning to retire. Kato was released by the Yomiuri Giants in October last year. He was offered a job to stay in the organization, but he turned it down because he wanted to continue playing. He attended the twelve team tryouts but did not receive any offers. He came to terms with his situation and decided to retire.
Thirty-four-year-old Takanori Hoshi was let go by the Seibu Lions after last season. He was also offered a job as Ni-gun Ikusei coach, which he accepted.
Source: Nikkan Sports 1/5/2017
Thirty-eight-year-old Mitsutaka Goto is expected to take a job as a Rakuten Eagles’ youth coach.
Source: Sponichi 1/5/2017
Former Yokohama Bay Star Shun Yamashita is set to work for a company called Equal One.
Source: Nikkan Sports 1/4/2017