According to a report by Daily Sports, thirty-four-year-old Keisuke Kano is planning to retire after the season. Kano felt it was time to hang up his uniform based on how things have gone this year and spoke to Tomoaki Kanemoto about his decision earlier this month on September 7. An announcement will be made soon and a press conference will be held some time early next week.
Kano started the season thinking that this might be his last. He made the opening day roster, but was sent down to Ni-gun on April 5 to make room for Takumi Akiyama. He gave himself until the end of July to return to the active roster, but he did not get the call until August 26. He was against sent back to Ni-gun on September 4.
The Hanshin Tigers are planning to hold a retirement game for Kano at Ni-gun on September 27 (vs Hiroshima).
Source: Daily Sports 9/16/2017
[UPDATE 9/18 @ 4:12pm]
The Tigers held a press conference for Kano at their offices in Nishinomiya earlier today.
[UPDATE 9/27 @ 5:26pm]
Kano got the start at designated hitter and batted fourth during his retirement game against Ni-gun Hiroshima at Koshien Stadium earlier today. He hit a double off former batterymate Hirotaka Egusa in the eighth inning. He finished the game 1-for-5.
Kano also got to catch Yuya Ando for one batter in the ninth inning (struck out Shota Dobayashi swinging on four pitches, last out of the inning).
Kano was tossed into the air by teammates five times after the game.
Over 1,000 fans lined up outside the stadium before the gates opened. Total attendance was 6,805.
Added additional game notes on 9/27 @ 10:07pm and 9/28 @ 11:19am.
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