Tanimoto, Keisuke 谷元 圭介 (たにもと・けいすけ)
Nippon Ham Fighters | #22 | P
Born: 01/27/1985 (age 35)
Height: 167cm
Weight: 72kg
Bats: R
Throws: R
Blood Type: A
Hometown: Mie
Draft: 2008, 7th Round
History: 稲生高-中部大-バイタルネット
Roster Changes: removed 09/29/2016, added 10/11/2016

[11/27/2017] Chunichi Dragons: uniform number changes

The Chunichi Dragons announced the following uniform number changes on November 27:

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/27/2017


[11/8/2017] Chunichi Dragons: Keisuke Tanimoto to stay put

Keisuke Tanimoto held a press conference today and announced that he decided not to use his free agent option. The Dragons posted the following comment from Tanimoto:

I have decided not to use my FA option and will stay with the Dragons. I thought about this for a long time and I feel satisfied with my decision.

I was traded during the season and even though I had an FA option, the Dragons told me they needed me and that struck a chord and became a deciding factor.

It has only been three or four months since the trade. It would not necessarily be true if I said I was able to properly do my job during that. I feel bad about betraying the fans expectations and will do my best to do well next year.

The team also had a disappointing season this year. I will do what I can to help make a strong team that can make a winner out of Shigekazu Mori next year. I look forward to your passionate cheers next year.

Tanimoto told the media during his press conference that when he thought about where he wanted to retire, he felt being close to home was important.

Source: Chunichi 11/8/2017, Tokyo Sports 11/8/2017, ZakZak 11/8/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/8/2017, Sports Hochi 11/8/2017, Daily Sports 11/8/2017, Sponichi 11/8/2017

[UPDATE 11/18 @ 2:16am]

The Dragons announced that they signed Tanimoto to a new contract. According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a two-year deal. Tanimoto’s salary next season will be an estimated eighty-five million yen (down fifteen million yen from this season).

Source: Chunichi 11/17/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/17/2017, Sports Hochi 11/17/2017

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[11/3/2017] Keisuke Tanimoto still on the fence about FA option

Keisuke Tanimoto earned his domestic free agent option this year. The Chunichi Dragons submitted their offer during a meeting on October 27. They also informed him that they are okay with him exercising his option and remaining with the team.

Tanimoto felt wanted during negotiations, but is also curious about what other teams might offer him. He is slated to meet the Dragons again soon.

Source: Daily Sports 11/3/2017

[UPDATE 11/4 @ 1:52pm]

Tanimoto first met the Dragons on October 28. He is scheduled to meet with them again within the next day or so. The Dragons would like him to stay (they knew he had an option but still traded for him because they wanted to add him to their team) and will leave the door open for him even if he exercises his option. They are not planning to set a hard deadline for his decision.

Source: Daily Sports 11/4/2017, Sponichi 11/4/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/4/2017

[UPDATE 11/6 @ 3:31pm]

Tanimoto may now be leaning toward staying with the Dragons. Team Representative Kazuo Nishiyama told reporters on November 5 that negotiations were going well and that a decision might be coming some time soon.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/6/2017


[7/31/2017] Chunichi Dragons bolster pen with Keisuke Tanimoto

The Chunichi Dragons announced today that they acquired Keisuke Tanimoto from the Nippon Ham Fighters for cash. He was assigned the uniform number 60.

Source: Chunichi 7/31/2017

[UPDATE 7/31 @ 6:30pm]

The Dragons held a press conference for Tanimoto at Nagoya Stadium today. He then traveled to Tokyo to tie up loose ends with the Nippon Ham Fighters. He could make the active roster as early as August 3.

Tanimoto told reporters during his press conference that the trade caught him by surprise. He also spoke about how he grew up watching the Dragons as a kid.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/31/2017


[6/21/2017] Keisuke Tanimoto earns domestic FA option

Thirty-two-year-old Keisuke Tanimoto earned his domestic free agent option today with seven years of service time on the active roster.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/21/2017


[11/21/2016] Nippon Ham Fighters: uniform number change

The Nippon Ham Fighters announced the following uniform number change today:

Source: Nippon Ham announcement


[5/5/2016] Keisuke Tanimoto takes batted ball off knee

Keisuke Tanimoto left yesterday’s (May 4) game against Softbank at Sapporo Dome after he took a batted ball off his right knee while pitching to Seiichi Uchikawa in the eighth inning. He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Sanspo 5/5/2016