Kato, Ken 加藤 健 (かとう・けん)
Born: 03/22/1981 (age 38)
Height: 186cm
Weight: 93kg
Bats: R
Throws: R
Blood Type: A
Hometown: Niigata
Draft: 1998, 3rd Round
History: 新発田農高(甲)
Roster Changes: removed 04/15/2016, added 06/27/2016, removed 07/07/2016

[1/12/2017] Ken Kato to join Niigata front office

The BC League’s Niigata Albirex Baseball Club announced today that former Yomiuri Giant Ken Kato will be join their front office. A press conference is scheduled for January 16.

Source: Niigata announcement, Sponichi 1/12/2017


[1/5/2017] Updates on Ken Kato, Takanori Hoshi, Mitsutaka Goto, Shun Yamashita

The media learned on January 4 that thirty-five-year-old Ken Kato is planning to retire. Kato was released by the Yomiuri Giants in October last year. He was offered a job to stay in the organization, but he turned it down because he wanted to continue playing. He attended the twelve team tryouts but did not receive any offers. He came to terms with his situation and decided to retire.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/5/2017, Sponichi 1/5/2017

Thirty-four-year-old Takanori Hoshi was let go by the Seibu Lions after last season. He was also offered a job as Ni-gun Ikusei coach, which he accepted.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/5/2017

Thirty-eight-year-old Mitsutaka Goto is expected to take a job as a Rakuten Eagles’ youth coach.

Source: Sponichi 1/5/2017

Former Yokohama Bay Star Shun Yamashita is set to work for a company called Equal One.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/4/2017


[10/15/2016] Ken Kato will most likely part ways with Yomiuri Giants

The media learned on October 14 that thirty-five-year-old Ken Kato is not a part of the Yomiuri Giants’ plans for 2017. Kato is not ready to retire and will most likely part ways with the Giants for the opportunity to continue his playing career. He has been a part of the Yomiuri organization since he was selected in the third round of the 1998 draft.

Source: Sponichi 10/15/2016, Nikkan Sports 10/15/2016