Ichi-gun pitching coach Shinji Mori died of multiple-organ failure at a hospital in Fukuoka earlier today at 12:10pm. He was forty-two-years-old. The Seibu Lions had just announced yesterday that he was taking an indefinite leave of absence due to health reasons.
Mori was selected by the Seibu Lions during the second round of the 1996 draft. He spent nine years in the Seibu organization and went 44-44 with fifty saves and a 3.39 ERA in 431 games.
Using the posting system after the 2005 season, he signed a two-year deal with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. He hurt his right shoulder in his first spring training game and was released in 2007. He never got a chance to pitch at the major league level.
Mori tried to make it back to the Majors, but failed. He signed with Ishikawa (BC League) as a coach in 2009 and later that same year returned to the mound. He retired the following year and took over as manager. In 2013, he came out of retirement and then retired again after the 2014 season.
The Lions signed him as a Ni-gun pitching coach in 2015. He became an Ichi-gun pitching coach in 2016.