The Chiba Lotte Marines announced today that thirty-three-year-old Kenji Otonari and thirty-four-year-old Yoshifumi Okada will retire at the end of the season. The Marines released the following statements from the two players.
Thank you for all the support you provided over my twelve-year career. It was not easy career, but I was able to get through it with the help and support from various people. I am really grateful. Thank you very much.
Ten years was a short time, but I had a good baseball career. The Chiba Lotte Marines selected me during the Ikusei draft and they gave me an opportunity to play baseball. I hope to use what I learned during the next part of my life. I have no regrets. I feel I was able to have such a fulfilling career because of all the support the fans provided. Thank you for cheering for me.
Source: Lotte 9/25/2018
[UPDATE 9/28 @ 3:37am]
The Marines announced that they will hold retirement ceremony for Okada after a Softbank game on October 8.
Source: Lotte 9/28/20180 Comments
The Chiba Lotte Marines are expected to sign thirty-three-year-old pitcher Kenji Otonari, twenty-nine-year-old Francisco Peguero, and twenty-nine-year-old Tu-Hsuan Lee. All three players are attending spring camp as tryouts.
Otonari pitched in an intra-squad game on February 12. He pitched one inning, faced five hitters, and allowed a run on two hits and a walk. Peguero and Lee each had good intra-squad games on February 11: Peguero went 1-for-2 with a home run and Lee went 2-for-4 with a home run. Both players went hitless (Peguero 0-for-4 and Lee 0-for-2) on February 12.
[UPDATE 2/16 @ 4:18pm]
The Marines officially signed Otonari (one year at ten million yen), Peguero (one year at 60,000 US dollars), and Lee (one year at five million yen) to contracts. They were also assigned uniform numbers:
The Chiba Lotte Marines announced on January 25 that they invited thirty-three-year-old Kenji Otonari, twenty-nine-year-old Tu-Hsuan Lee, and twenty-nine-year-old Francisco Peguero to tryouts during spring camp. Their tryouts will take place between February 1 and 8.0 Comments
The Chiba Lotte Marines are planning to give Softbank senryokugai Kenji Otonari a tryout during spring camp next year. The Marines are looking for left-handed pitchers and Otonari might be able to give them the innings.
Source: Daily Sports 12/27/20170 Comments
Kenji Otonari canceled a batting practice outing on February 11 because of lower back pain. He first started feeling discomfort in his lower back a few days ago during a bullpen session. The condition is not considered serious.
Source: Sanspo 2/11/20170 Comments
The Softbank Hawks announced that Kenji Otonari’s wife gave birth to the couple’s first child, a boy weighing 3,225 grams, at a hospital in Fukuoka on July 27.
Source: Nikkan Sports 7/27/20160 Comments
Kenji Otonari had surgery on his left elbow in August 2015. He has pitched in eleven Ni-gun games so far this season and could be ready to make his first Ichi-gun start on July 10 against the Rakuten Eagles at YafuOku Dome.
Source: Nikkan Sports 7/5/2016
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