The Yomiuri Giants are currently exploring the possibility of adding one or two Ikusei players to their seventy-man roster. They have about four candidates, including Kyosuke Takagi. The Giants have two openings on their seventy-man roster.0 Comments
Kyosuke Takagi pitched in a San-gun game against the BC League’s Musashi Heat Bears today. It was his first game since October 2015.
Takagi entered the game in the eighth inning with a three-run lead. He faced four hitters, threw sixteen pitches, walked one, struck out two, and topped out at 143 km/h.
The Yomiuri Giants announced today that they signed Kyosuke Takagi to an Ikusei contract after the NPB commissioner’s office accepted his request to be reinstated. He was assigned the uniform number 028 (starting over from zero plus his old uniform number).
The league discovered Takagi was involved in a gambling ring last year and issued a suspension that would last at least one year. The suspension tentatively ended on March 21. There was no guarantee he would be allowed back into the league, but the NPB commissioner accepted and approved his application.
Takagi spoke at a press conference held earlier today and again apologized for the things he did. He said he understood the gravity of his actions and promised never to gamble again. He said he knew it was not going to be easy to make up for all the wrongs he committed, but also felt that his only chance to make things right was through baseball.
[UPDATE 3/28 @ 10:29pm]
Takagi’s Ikusei contract will be worth between 2.3 and 2.4 million yen (estimate).0 Comments
Kyosuke Takagi was suspended for a year following his involvement in a gambling ring. His suspension ended yesterday, on March 21. The Yomiuri Giants told the media today that they received his application to return to the NPB. The Giants could submit their paperwork to the commissioner’s office as early as tomorrow. They are thinking about offering Takagi an Ikusei contract if he is allowed to return.
[UPDATE 3/23 @ 10:22pm]
The Giants announced that they submitted an reinstatement application with the NPB commissioner’s office today. They also included a statement about their thoughts on his return.
The organization kept the lines of communication open with Takagi and are satisfied with how he spent his time over the last year. They are open to giving him another chance and are thinking about offering him an Ikusei contract, should he be reinstated.0 Comments