Satoshi Komatsu decided to retire because he was unable to help the Orix Buffaloes. He recorded fifteen wins in his first full season, but struggled after that. He suffered a stress fracture in his right rib in 2010 and needed surgery to remove loose cartilage in his right elbow in 2014. Every year, he took the mound thinking it might be his last. He decided it was time to quit this year. He accepted a job as a Ni-gun pitching coach for the Buffaloes.
Takanori Sato spent the last two years playing in the BC League with hopes for another shot at the NPB. He decided to retire and registered as a baseball instructor for Otonano Katekyoshi Try (adult tutoring service).
Masaru Takeda retired and accepted a job with the Nippon Ham Fighters. The team announced on December 9 that he will be assigned to the BC League’s Ishikawa Million Stars.0 Comments
Yomiuri senryokugai Toshiyuki Yanuki has decided to retire. He attended the twelve team tryouts in November. He faced three hitters, allowed one hit, and topped out at 146km/h. He waited for offers, but did not receive any. He was disappointed, but decided he was going to take it as a sign that he should find a new job while he was still physically strong.
Jun Hirose considered retirement last year because the injuries were starting to take a toll. He decided to give it another try after talking to his old college manager. But then he hurt his right shoulder during a Ni-gun game against Chunichi on August 20 (he was attempting to make a throw from left to home plate and felt pain from his shoulder to his finger tips) and he knew his career was over for sure. He took a lot of pride in his throwing ability. He led the league in assists with ten in 2010. Without his arm, he knew he would never make it back to the active roster.0 Comments
Akihisa Makida thought about checking to see if other teams might be interested in his services, but he decided to retire because he wanted to be closer to his kids. Makida has two girls, seven and nine.
Lotte senryokugai Ryoji Katsuki decided to continue his playing career by returning to the Sendo Ichiba Golden Larks (Industrial League). He will be a player/coach. He had offers from Independent League teams, but he decided to return to the Golden Larks because of the team’s connection to Kumamoto.
Lotte senryokugai Yoshihiro Ito decided to retire after he failed to pass his tryout with the Yomiuri Giants in November. He is interested in becoming a physical education teacher.
Former Yomiuri Giant Hiroki Sanada has decided to retire. He spent the last couple of years playing in the Independent Leagues (Fukushima in 2015 and Fukui in 2016). He is slated to return to the Giants as a batting practice pitcher.0 Comments
Kazuya Tsutsui retired this year. He will remain with the Hanshin Tigers as an amateur scout.
Hanshin senryokugai Travis Mikihisa Samura has decided to continue his playing career with Okinawa Denryoku (Industrial League). He attended the twelve team tryouts in November, but did not receive any offers from NPB teams.0 Comments
Former Yokohama Bay Stars Shotaro Ide has decided to retire. He attended the twelve team tryouts in November and went 1-for-5. He was waiting for an offer, but did not receive one.
Toshio Saito was let go by the Orix Buffaloes after the season. He was also offered a job as advance scout by the Buffaloes. He would have to retire, but he is open to the idea.
Hanshin Tigers’ senryokugai Shinta Hifumi did not attend the twelve team tryouts in November because he already has plans to join the BC League’s Ishikawa Million Stars.0 Comments
Softbank senryokugai Keisuke Kaneko (31) and Yakult senryokugai Nagisa Arakaki (36) are planning to retire because they have not received any offers to play in 2017. Both players attended the twelve team tryouts at Koshien Stadium last month in hopes of drumming up interest. Kaneko went 1-for-5. Arakaki topped out at 140km/h and retired the three batters he faced.0 Comments
Hiroki Kuroda held a press conference at a hotel in Hiroshima on October 18 to announce his plans to retire after the season.
Kuroda was selected by the Hiroshima Carp in the second round of the 1996 draft. He pitched in 321 NPB games and went 124-105 with a 3.55 ERA and 1.25 WHIP in 2,021.2 innings. He also pitched in 212 MLB games and went 79-79 with a 3.45 ERA and 1.17 WHIP in 1,319.0 innings. He made the Best Nine in 2005 and won a Golden Glove in the same year. He won MVP of the Month Awards in May 2005, July 2006, and August 2006. He made the All-Star team five times (2001, 2005-2007, 2015).
Notes from various sources:
[UPDATE 10/19 @ 4:22pm]
TV ratings for Kuroda’s press conference averaged 19.2% and peaked at 23.6%.
Source: Daily Sports 10/19/20160 Comments
The media learned on October 13 that thirty-eight-year-old Takahiro Suzuki is planning to retire. He played in his twentieth season this year and appeared in forty-four games. He stole ten bases this year and extended his streak of ten o more stolen bases in a season to twelve. He was picked off first base in the ninth inning of the third game of the First Stage of the Climax Series on October 10. An official announcement could be made today.
Source: Nikkan Sports 10/13/2016
[UPDATE 10/14 @ 6:07am]
The Giants held a press conference for Suzuki at Tokyo Dome Hotel on October 13. Some notes from various sources:
Suzuki was selected by the Yomiuri Giants in the fourth round of the 1996 draft. He won a Golden Glove in 2008 and a Nippon Series Outstanding Player Award in 2008. He made the All-Star series in 2015 and holds the NPB record for most pinch-run stolen bases (132).
[UPDATE 11/23 @ 11:28pm]
The Giants held a retirement ceremony for Suzuki during their FanFesta on November 23. Players tossed him into the air twelve times.0 Comments
Thirty-nine-year-old Kazunari Tsuruoka is planning to retire. He will announce his decision during a press conference later today.
Tsuruoka was selected by Yokohama in the fifth round of the 1995 draft. He was traded to Yomiuri in 2008, exercised his domestic free agent option and returned to Yokohama in 2012, and was sent to Hanshin in 2014 as player compensation for Yasutomo Kubo.
Tsuruoka played in a Ni-gun practice game against Orix at Naruohama on September 28. He made the starting line-up at catcher batting eighth. He went 0-for-2.
[UPDATE 9/30 @ 5:20am]
The Tigers held a press conference for Tsuruoka at their team office in Nishinomiya on September 29.
Notes from his press conference:
Thirty-eight-year-old Mitsutaka Goto and forty-year-old Takashi Kawai are reportedly not a part of the Rakuten Eagles plans for the 2017 season and will most likely be released. It is not known if the two players want to continue playing or retire.
Source: Nikkan Sports 9/28/2016
[UPDATE 9/29 @ 11:46pm]
The media learned on September 28 that Kawaii is planning to retire. He apparently made the decision after he starting the last Ni-gun game of the season and pitching an inning.
Goto would like to continue playing.
[UPDATE 9/30 @ 2:21am]
The Eagles announced on September 29 that Kawaii was retiring. A press conference will be held on October 2.
Source: Rakuten announcement
[UPDATE 10/3 @ 6:21am]
Notes from Kawaii’s press conference.
Source: Rakuten announcement0 Comments