Takagi, Kyosuke 高木 京介 (たかぎ・きょうすけ)
Yomiuri Giants | #028 | P
Born: 09/04/1989 (age 30)
Height: 183cm
Weight: 83kg
Bats: L
Throws: L
Blood Type: AB
Hometown: Ishikawa
Draft: 2011, 4th Round
History: 星稜高(甲)-国学院大

[3/23/2018] Kyosuke Takagi makes it back to the seventy-man roster

The Yomiuri Giants announced today that they added Ikusei pitcher Kyosuke Takagi to their seventy-man roster. His uniform number will change from 028 to 57. His new contract will be worth an estimated 4.2 million yen.

In March 2016, Takagi was suspended for a year because he was caught gambling on baseball. The Giants gave him another chance by signing him to an Ikusei contract in March 2017.

Source: Yomiuri 3/23/2018, Tokyo Sports 3/23/2018, Nikkan Sports 3/23/2018, Daily Sports 3/23/2018


[7/16/2017] Ikusei Kyosuke Takagi has a chance to make seventy-man roster

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.

Source: Sanspo 7/16/2017, Nikkan Sports 7/16/2017


[4/26/2017] Kyosuke Takagi tosses shutout inning in relief at San-gun

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.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/26/2017, Daily Sports 4/26/2017, Sponichi 4/26/2017


[3/27/2017] Yomiuri Giants sign Kyosuke Takagi to Ikusei contract

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.

Source: Yomiuri 3/27/2017, Daily Sports 3/27/2017, Daily Sports 3/27/2017Sponichi 3/27/2017, Nikkan Sports 3/27/2017, Nikkan Sports 3/27/2017, Tokyo Sports 3/27/2017

[UPDATE 3/28 @ 10:29pm]

Takagi’s Ikusei contract will be worth between 2.3 and 2.4 million yen (estimate).

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/28/2017, Sponichi 3/28/2017


[3/22/2017] Kyosuke Takagi wants to return to the NPB

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.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/22/2017, Tokyo Sports 3/22/2017

[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.

Source: Yomiuri 3/23/2017, Sponichi 3/23/2017