Thirty-seven-year-old Kensuke Tanaka spoke to the media today after meeting the Nippon Ham Fighters to finalize his contract for the 2019 season and announced his plan to retire after the season. He told reporters that he decided to make the announcement early because he wanted to make it easier on everyone. The Fighters asked him to reconsider because he might feel differently later on, but his mind was set: there was a growing gap between what he thought he could do and what he could actually do.0 Comments
Thirty-seven-year-old Kensuke Tanaka re-earned his free agent option today. He exercised his international free agent option after the 2012 season and headed to the Majors in 2013. He returned to the Nippon Ham Fighters in 2015. He told reporters today that he wanted to finish his career with the Fighters.0 Comments
July 24 vs Rakuten at Rakuten Seimei – Tanaka played in the 1,500th game of his career. He became the 192nd player in NPB history to reach the milestone.
Source: Daily Sports 7/24/2018
Tanaka has been involved in a Pink Ribbon project since 2008. He donated enough money to pay for two mammography exams for every hit he recorded last year (306 exams). He plans to donate one mammography exam for every hit he records this year.
Through last season, Tanaka has donated enough money to pay for 2,678 mammography exams.
Tanaka will donate one mammography exam for every hit he records in 2017. He will also be giving away 300 pairs of Fighters’ tickets to help increase awareness of the Pink Ribbon project.0 Comments
Thirty-five-year-old Kensuke Tanaka and thirty-one-year-old Naoki Miyanishi are both in the final year of a two-year deal. The Nippon Ham Fighters are planning to offer both players new contracts. Miyanishi has an international free agent option, but is not going to exercise it.
Source: Nikkan Sports 9/29/20160 Comments