Tag Archive: Retirement

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[10/1/2018] Yuichi Honda to retire

The Softbank Hawks announced that thirty-three-year-old Yuichi Honda will be retiring at the end of the season. He is slated to hold a press conference at YafuOku Dome on October 3.

Source: Softbank 10/1/2018

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[9/30/2018] Tetsuya Yamamoto and Kenichi Matsuoka to retire

The Yakult Swallows announced that thirty-three-year-old Tetsuya Yamamoto and thirty-six-year-old Kenichi Matsuoka will be retiring at the end of the season. They posted the following comments from the players.

Yamamoto

To the fans, thank you for supporting for nine years. Even though I missed a full season with a year of rehab, the support from many people allowed me to end my career with no regrets. Please continue to root and cheer for the Tokyo Yakult Swallows.

Matsuoka

A very big thank you to the fans that supported me for fourteen years. I was able to get through the good and the bad because of your support. I am nothing but grateful. Thank you.

Source: Yakult 9/30/2018

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HAM

[9/28/2018] Kenji Yano to retire after the season

The Nippon Ham Fighters announced on September 28 that thirty-eight-year-old Kenji Yano will be retiring after the season. The Fighters released the following statement from Yano:

I, Kenji Yano, have decided to end my career. I spent about twelve years with the Giants and around four years with the Fighters. Both teams made me feel at home. I was able to play for sixteen years at the professional level because the supportive fans gave me strength with their cheering.

Even though I missed time with injuries, the Giants fans in right sang with everything they had after games. The smiling Fighters fans welcomed me at Sapporo Dome by saying “Thank you for coming.” I will never forget these things.

The wonderful managers, coaches, and staff saw my abilities and kept playing me even though I am not blessed with talent. The experienced players I could respect. Players in my age group. The young players. I played alongside, and was supported by, many people. I had a really happy life as a baseball player. There’s only a few more games left, but I will do my best for the team until the very end. Please continue to cheer for me!

Source: Nippon Ham 9/28/2018

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[9/27/2018] Soichiro Amaya planning to retire

The Hiroshima Carp announced on September 27 that this will be Soichiro Amaya’s last year. The thirty-four-year-old approached the Carp about retiring and they accepted. A press conference is scheduled for October 4.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/27/2018, Daily Sports 9/27/2018, Sanspo 9/27/2018, Sponichi 9/27/2018

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CHU

[9/27/2018] Kei Nomoto to retire after the season

Thirty-four-year-old Kei Nomoto held a press conference at Nagoya Dome on September 27 and announced that he will be retiring after the season. The Chunichi Dragons are planning to hold a retirement game for Nomoto on September 29.

Source: Chunichi 9/27/2018

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[9/27/2018] Shunichi Nemoto, Takeshi Kanazawa to retire after the season

The Chiba Lotte Marines announced today that thirty-five-year-old Shunichi Nemoto and thirty-four-year-old Takeshi Kanazawa will be retiring this year. The Marines released the following comments from the two players:

Nemoto:

I was able to get this far with a lot of help and support during my thirteen year career. I am nothing but grateful to everyone that supported me. I had a good career.

Kanazawa:

I consider myself really lucky for having the chance to play for the best team, the best teammates, and the best fans. I am full of gratitude.

Source: Lotte 9/27/2018, Lotte 9/27/2018

[UPDATE 9/28 @ 3:36am]

The Marines announced that they will hold retirement ceremony for Nemoto after a Softbank game on October 7.

Source: Lotte 9/28/2018

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[9/27/2018] Eiichi Koyano to retire after the season

The Orix Buffaloes announced today that thirty-seven-year-old Eiichi Koyano will be retiring after the season. According to media reports, the Buffaloes received and accepted Koyano’s decision to retire on September 26. The veteran told reporters that his body was no longer responding the way he wanted it to and that a gap developed between mind and body.

Source: Orix 9/27/2018, Sports Hochi 9/27/2018, Daily Sports 9/27/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/27/2018, Sponichi 9/27/2018, Sanspo 9/27/2018

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[9/26/2018] Hitoki Iwase and Masahiro Araki also planning to retire

According to a report by Tokyo Sports, forty-three-year-old Hitoki Iwase and forty-one-year-old Masahiro Araki are planning to retire at the end of the season. Both players are expected to remain in the organization, Iwase as a pitching coach and Araki as an infield/base coach. The Dragons could schedule a retirement game for Araki some time in March next year during an exhibition game at Nagoya Dome. Iwase’s retirement game will most likely come during the last home game of the season on September 30.

Source: Tokyo Sports 9/26/2018

[UPDATE @ 11:16pm]

Nikkan Sports, Daily Sports, and Sanspo have also posted reports about Iwase and Araki retiring after the season.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/26/2018, Daily Sports 9/26/2018, Sanspo 9/26/2018

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[9/26/2018] Takukya Asao planning to retire at the end of the season

Thirty-three-year-old Takuya Asao is planning to retire at the end of the season. He is expected to hold a press conference later today.

Asao was arguably was one of the best set-up men in the NPB at his peak, particularly in 2010 and 2011, but he started having problems with his right shoulder in 2012 (likely from overwork) and has never been the same since. His fastball, which used to hit the low-150s, was down to the mid-130s.

In an interview with Tokyo Sports posted on August 29, in response to a comment about throwing a lot of off-speed pitches, Asao said he felt his image was changing. When asked about his thoughts on the fastball, he said it was still a very important pitch for him and that even if he could not throw it as hard as he did before, he still wanted to use it, like as a pitch to get batters to hit the ball foul.

Asao was also asked about his thoughts on Hiromitsu Ochiai overworking him and he said that he did not see it that way and instead felt grateful for the opportunities because it made him the pitcher he is today. He also said he had no regrets.

Source: Sponichi 9/26/2018, Sports Hochi 9/26/2018, Daily Sports 9/26/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/26/2018, Tokyo Sports 8/29/2018

[UPDATE 9/27 @ 12:41am]

Asao held a press conference at Nagoya Dome on September 26.

Notes

  • Asao had been thinking about his career over the last three to four years. He approached each Ichi-gun appearance as if it might be his last. He never thought about quitting while playing at Ichi-gun and did not think much about the future because he did not want to think about giving up. However, after he gave up three runs to the Yomiuri Giants on September 16, he wondered if that was as good as it was going to get.
  • The one pitch Asao remembers the most: a fastball he threw to Yoshinobu Takahashi during a Giants game at Nagoya Dome. He may have hit 156km/h with the pitch.
  • When Asao was taken off the active roster on September 19, Shigekazu Mori told him to get ready for next season. It was at this time, Asao told Mori that he wanted to retire. Mori was the first person Asao talked to about retiring.
  • Asao is happy about growing up in Aichi and ending his career in Aichi. He jokingly mentioned he never earned his free agent option and never had to consider leaving.
  • Retirement game and ceremony: September 29 vs Hanshin at Nagoya Dome

Source: Chunichi 9/26/2018, Sanspo 9/26/2018, Sanspo 9/26/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/26/2018, Sponichi 9/26/2018, Sports Hochi 9/26/2018, Sports Hochi 9/26/2018, Sports Hochi 9/26/2018

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[9/26/2018] Kazuo Matsui to retire at the end of the season

The media learned on September 25 that forty-two-year-old Kazuo Matsui is planning to retire at the end of the season. The Seibu Lions are expected to make some sort of an announcement soon.

Matsui has been limited to twenty-three games this year. He has been traveling with the team since he was taken off the active roster on September 15 to make room for a starting pitcher.

Source: Sanspo 9/26/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/26/2018, Daily Sports 9/26/2018, Sponichi 9/26/2018

[UPDATE @ 11:21am]

The Lions announced that Matsui is planning to retire at the end of the season. He is scheduled to hold a press conference at MetLife Dome on September 27.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/26/2018, Sponichi 9/26/2018, Sports Hochi 9/26/2018

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