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Takeda, Masaru 武田 勝 (たけだ・まさる)
Born: 07/09/1978 (age 40)
Height: 176cm
Weight: 73kg
Bats: L
Throws: L
Blood Type: B
Hometown: Aichi
Draft: 2005, 4th Round
History: 関東一高(甲)-立正大-シダックス
Roster Changes: added 09/29/2016, removed 09/30/2016

[1/9/2018] Masaru Takeda named new Ishikawa manager

The Ishikawa Million Stars announced on January 9 that they hire former Nippon Ham pitcher Masaru Takeda as their new manager. He was assigned the uniform number 38.

Takeda first joined the Ishikawa organization in 2017 as a vice president/coach.

Source: Ishikawa 1/9/2018, Sponichi 1/9/2018, Daily Sports 1/9/2018

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[12/9/2016] Updates on Satoshi Komatsu, Takanori Sato, Masaru Takeda

Satoshi Komatsu decided to retire because he was unable to help the Orix Buffaloes. He recorded fifteen wins in his first full season, but struggled after that. He suffered a stress fracture in his right rib in 2010 and needed surgery to remove loose cartilage in his right elbow in 2014. Every year, he took the mound thinking it might be his last. He decided it was time to quit this year. He accepted a job as a Ni-gun pitching coach for the Buffaloes.

Takanori Sato spent the last two years playing in the BC League with hopes for another shot at the NPB. He decided to retire and registered as a baseball instructor for Otonano Katekyoshi Try (adult tutoring service).

Masaru Takeda retired and accepted a job with the Nippon Ham Fighters. The team announced on December 9 that he will be assigned to the BC League’s Ishikawa Million Stars.

Source: Sponichi 12/9/2016, Nikkan Sports 12/9/2016, Sponichi 12/9/2016, Ishikawa announcement

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[9/23/2016] Masaru Takeda announces retirement

Thirty-eight-year-old Masaru Takeda held a press conference at Sapporo Dome earlier and officially announced that was retiring. A retirement ceremony is scheduled for September 30 (vs Lotte at Sapporo Dome).

Takeda felt like he could still pitch the last two or three years, but he slowly found himself cheering for the younger players in the organization. He decided to retire because the motivation was no longer there.

Takeda managed to put together decent numbers even though he was not an overpowering pitcher (he was on the small side at 176 centimeters and his fastball was in the 130km/h range). He won at least ten games in four consecutive seasons between 2009 and 2012. He made it to the All-Star Games in 2011 and won MVP of the Month in March/April 2012. The Fighters made it to the Nippon Series four times during his career (2006, 2007, 2009, 2012). He won eighty-two games and lost sixty-one in 243 appearances.

Source: Nippon Ham announcementNikkan Sports 9/23/2016, Nikkan Sports 9/23/2016, Daily Sports 9/23/2016, Sponichi 9/23/2016

[UPDATE 10/3 @ 5:18am]

Takeda will stay with the team as a batting practice pitcher in preparation for the Final Stage of the Climax Series.

Source: Sanspo 10/2/2016

[UPDATE 12/14 @ 10:40pm]

The Fighters announced today that Takeda will be assigned to the BC League’s Ishikawa Million Stars as both a coach and vice president.

Source: Nippon Ham announcement

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[9/19/2016] M. Takeda planning to retire, H. Takeda not ready to retire

Thirty-eight-year-old Masaru Takeda is thinking about retiring after the season. Takeda spoke to team officials in Sapporo on September 17 and discussed plans for 2017. He may have been told the team is going with younger pitchers.

Meanwhile, thirty-seven-year-old Hisashi Takeda is not yet ready to call it quits. He had surgery on his right knee in March 2015 and surgeries on both knees in August of the same year. He finally made it back to the active roster on September 15. He will most likely stay with the Nippon Ham Fighters.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/19/2016, Spoorts Hochi 9/19/2016, Sponichi 9/19/2016

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