Wakiya, Ryota 脇谷 亮太 (わきや・りょうた)
Yomiuri Giants | #12 | INF
Born: 11/03/1981 (age 37)
added 04/28/2016, removed 06/25/2016, added 07/29/2016, removed 09/02/2016
Thirty-six-year-old Ryota Wakiya held a press conference at Tokyo Dome on September 19 and announced his decision to retire after the season.
- He has a hard time summing up his thirteen-year career because so many things happened to him, but he feels he was able to have a good career because of all the support he got from people around him.
- He is grateful to all the teams he played for, even though he was not able to do as much for them as he wanted.
- He started thinking about retirement in August because there was not any talk about him making the active roster.
- He would like to get into coaching after retirement.
- Hisayoshi Chono asked him what he wanted to eat, he said he wanted to eat junk food.
- Yoshiyuki Kamei presented him with flowers at the end of the press conference.
Source: Yomiuri 9/19/2018, Sanspo 9/19/2018, Tokyo Sports 9/19/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/19/2018, Daily Sports 9/19/2018
Ryota Wakiya, Yomiuri (First Time)
August 23 against Hiroshima at Tokyo Dome. No score, bottom of the tenth inning. With no one on and no out, Wakiya hit a walk-off solo home run to right. It was the first walk-off home run of his career.
Tomoya Mori, Seibu (First Time)
August 31 against Softbank at Seibu Prince Dome. Down 7-6 in the bottom of the ninth inning. With runners on first and second and two out, Mori hit a walk-off two-run double to left-center. It was the first walk-off of his career.
Ryota Wakiya blasted a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th inning that gave the Yomiuri Giants a 1-0 victory over the Hiroshima Carp last night.
- it was Wakiya’s fourth walk-off hit, first since September 20, 2014, and first walk-off home run.
- it was the Giants first 1-0 walk-off win since Michihiro Ogasawara hit a sac fly to center in the 10th inning against Rakuten on June 7, 2010.
- it was the Giants eighth 1-0 walk-off home run since Kazunori Shinozuka hit a home run against Yakult on June 9, 1993.
- it was the Giants third 1-0 walk-off home run in extra innings. The other two: Toshio Miyamoto in the 11th against Hanshin on August 18, 1956 and Shigeo Nagashima in the 12th against Taiyo on June 20, 1966.
Source: Sponichi 8/24/2016, Nikkan Sports 8/24/2016