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Ide, Shotaro 井手 正太郎 (いで・しょうたろう)
Born: 10/09/1983 (age 35)
Height: 179cm
Weight: 85kg
Bats: R
Throws: R
Blood Type: O
Hometown: Miyazaki
Draft: 2001, 8th Round
History: 日南学園高(甲)-ダイエー-ソフトバンク
Roster Changes: added 04/08/2016, removed 05/08/2016

[12/23/2016] Updates on Nagisa Arakaki, Shotaro Ide, Takahiro Suzuki, Keiyo Aomatsu

Nagisa Arakaki was senryokugaied by the Yakult Swallows on October 1. Arakaki attended the twelve team tryout in November and retired all three batters he faced. He waited for offers from other teams, but did not receive any. The media learned on December 20 that he accepted a job with the Softbank Hawks. He will join their baseball promotion department and coach kids.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/21/2016

Shotaro Ide had problems with sudden nausea the last two years. This year, he found it difficult to swing the bat properly after he strained his back during spring camp. The piling issues made him feel it was time to retire. He attended the twelve team tryouts in November and went 1-for-5, but did not receive any offers. He is scheduled to join Softbank’s baseball promotion department.

Source: Sponichi 12/21/2016

Takahiro Suzuki sat in front of his locker for about an hour after losing the Climax Series to Yokohama on October 10. At the time, he was still struggling with his decision to retire, even though he was about ninety percent sure. It was not until he met his parents later that day (he drove to Fukushima after the game) that he was able to come to terms with the decision.

Source: Sponichi 12/22/2016

The media learned on December 21 that Lotte senryokugai Keiyo Aomatsu has decided to retire. He attended the twelve team tryouts in November and went 2-for-5, but did not receive any offers.

Source: Sponichi 12/22/2016

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[12/3/2016] Updates on Shotaro Ide, Toshio Saito, Shinta Hifumi

Former Yokohama Bay Stars Shotaro Ide has decided to retire. He attended the twelve team tryouts in November and went 1-for-5. He was waiting for an offer, but did not receive one.

Toshio Saito was let go by the Orix Buffaloes after the season. He was also offered a job as advance scout by the Buffaloes. He would have to retire, but he is open to the idea.

Hanshin Tigers’ senryokugai Shinta Hifumi did not attend the twelve team tryouts in November because he already has plans to join the BC League’s Ishikawa Million Stars.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/3/2016, Sponichi 12/3/2016, Sponichi 12/3/2016

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