The Yokohama Bay Stars announced that thirty-six-year-old Hiroyasu Tanaka will be retiring this year. They released the following statement from Tanaka:
I will be retiring at the end of the season. I had a fourteen-year professional career after joining the Yakult Swallows. I spent the last two years with the Yokohama Bay Stars. They allowed me to keep my dream alive. With a new start, I was able to enjoy my days with the younger players. I will also not forget how the team, behind captain Yoshitomo Tsutsugo, welcomed me. To those that supported me over the years, and to the fans that cheered for me, thank you.
Source: Yokohama 10/16/20180 Comments
August 18, 2017 vs Yomiuri at Tokyo Dome – Tanaka recorded the 300th sac hit of his career (first inning, runner on first and no out, off Kazuto Taguchi) and became the sixth player in NPB history to reach the milestone.
Source: Daily Sports 8/18/20170 Comments
The Yokohama Bay Stars announced today that they reached an agreement with thirty-four-year-old Hiroyasu Tanaka for the 2017 season. He has not yet been assigned a uniform number.
[UPDATE 11/15 @ 11:08pm]
According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth fifteen million yen.
[UPDATE 12/2 @ 1:24pm]
The Bay Stars held a press conference for Tanaka on November 29. He was assigned the uniform number 67.
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The Yokohama Bay Stars are planning to sign thirty-four-year-old Hiroyasu Tanaka. An announcement is expected within the next few days. He could be an everyday option at second base for the Bay Stars.0 Comments
Thirty-four-year-old Hiroyasu Tanaka held a press conference at the Yakult Swallows’ team office on October 11 to announce his decision to leave the organization because he wants to continue playing. The Swallows told Tanaka they no longer needed him as a player and offered him a job as a coach.
The following comment from Tanaka was posted to the Swallows’ website:
I spent twelve years in the Yakult organization. I want to express my gratitude [to everyone] including team officials. Tough veterans and energetic young players, everything was a great experience. And most of all, the fans that cheered through good and bad times, kept me going. I do not know what the future holds, but I hope to use my experiences to guide me.