The Chiba Lotte Marines announced today that thirty-five-year-old Shunichi Nemoto and thirty-four-year-old Takeshi Kanazawa will be retiring this year. The Marines released the following comments from the two players:
I was able to get this far with a lot of help and support during my thirteen year career. I am nothing but grateful to everyone that supported me. I had a good career.
I consider myself really lucky for having the chance to play for the best team, the best teammates, and the best fans. I am full of gratitude.
[UPDATE 9/28 @ 3:36am]
The Marines announced that they will hold retirement ceremony for Nemoto after a Softbank game on October 7.
Source: Lotte 9/28/20180 Comments
The Chiba Lotte Marines announced on October 24 that Shunichi Nemoto had arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow at a hospital in Yokohama on October 23. There were no complications during the procedure. He will be released from the hospital on October 25. He is expected to require about three months for a full recovery.0 Comments
The NPB issued Shunichi Nemoto a stern warning and a 50,000 yen fine for his ejection from a Ni-gun game against Nippon Ham on September 16. Nemoto was ejected after he got into a argument with the home plate umpire.
Source: NPB 9/19/20170 Comments
Thirty-four-year-old Shunichi Nemoto earned his international free agent option today with nine years of service time on the active roster.
Source: Nikkan Sports 8/7/20170 Comments
Thirty-three-year-old Shunichi Nemoto is not planning to exercise his domestic free agent option. He told reporters on October 30 that Lotte has been very supportive over the years and that he wanted to give back to the organization.0 Comments
Shunichi Nemoto earned his domestic FA option with eight years of service time on the active roster.
Source: Daily Sports 5/1/20160 Comments