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Kawashima, Keizo 川島 慶三 (かわしま・けいぞう)
Softbank Hawks | #4 | INF
Born: 10/04/1983 (age 34)
Height: 172cm
Weight: 70kg
Bats: R
Throws: R
Blood Type: A
Hometown: Nagasaki
Draft: 2005, 3rd Round
History: 佐世保実高-九州国際大-日本ハム-ヤクルト
Roster Changes: removed 04/03/2016, added 07/28/2016, removed 08/23/2016, added 09/07/2016
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[7/11/2018] Keizo Kawashima earns international FA option

Thirty-four-year-old Keizo Kawashima earned his international free agent option on July 11 with nine years of service time on the active roster.

Source: Daily Sports 7/11/2018, Sanspo 7/11/2018

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[11/10/2017] Keizo Kawashima will not use FA option

Thirty-four-year-old Keizo Kawashima met with the Softbank Hawks at YafuOku Dome on November 10 and later told reporters that he decided not to use his domestic free agent option. He said he decided to stay because the team said they needed him.

Source: Sponichi 11/10/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/10/2017

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Keizo Kawashima: Did You Know

Milestones

November 4, 2017 vs Yokohama at YafuOku Dome – Kawashima recorded a walk-off that gave the Softbank Hawks their eighth Nippon Series championship. For Kawashima, it was the first walk-off hit of his professional career.

Source: Sponichi 11/5/2017

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[7/12/2017] Keizo Kawashima earns domestic FA option

Thirty-three-year-old Keizo Kawashima earned his domestic free agent option today with eight years of service time on the active roster.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/12/2017

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[12/6/2016] Softbank Hawks: uniform number change

The Softbank Hawks announced the following uniform number change today:

Source: Softbank announcement

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[4/3/2016] Keizo Kawashima gets hurt while covering second

Keizo Kawashima took a hard slide from Kensuke Tanaka while playing second base in the sixth inning against Nippon Ham on April 3. He was replaced on defense after the play and taken to a hospital. He was diagnosed with a bruise on his lower right leg. The Softbank Hawks are planning to file a complain with the Pacific League for a slide they feel umpires should have questioned.

Source: Daily Sports 4/3/2016, Tokyo Sports 4/3/2016, Sponichi 4/3/2016

[UPDATE 4/4 @ 10:08pm]

Kawashima was taken off the active roster on April 4. The bruise on his right leg was apparently pretty bad because he needed crutches to get around on April 3.

Source: Daily Sports 4/4/2016, Nikkan Sports 4/4/2016

[UPDATE 4/5 @ 9:43pm]

The media learned today that Kawashima not only suffered a bruise on his leg, but also damage to the anterior talofibular ligament and calcaneofibular ligament. He will need to keep his right ankle immobile for about three weeks. There is no timetable on how long it will take for a full recovery.

Source: Chunichi Sports 4/5/2016

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