[3/19/2017] Kenshin Kawakami to retire

Forty-one-year-old Kenshin Kawakami has decided to retire. He has not played for a team since he left the Chunichi Dragons in 2015. He was attempting to make a comeback from reconstructive surgery on his right shoulder, but things did not work out as planned for the forty-one-year-old pitcher.

Kawakami was drafted by the Chunichi in 1997. He exercised his international free agent option in 2008 and spent three seasons with the Atlanta Braves. He returned to the Dragons in 2012 and remained in the organization until his departure in October 2015.

Source: Sponichi 3/19/2017, Nikkan Sports 3/19/2017

[UPDATE 3/26 @ 10:08pm]

Kawakami is slated to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before a Hiroshima vs Chunichi game at Nagoya Dome on April 5.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/25/2017, Sponichi 3/25/2017

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