Watanabe, Naoto 渡辺 直人 (わたなべ・なおと)
Seibu Lions | #8 | INF
Born: 10/14/1980 (age 38)
Height: 173cm
Weight: 73kg
Bats: R
Throws: R
Blood Type: AB
Hometown: Ibaraki
Draft: 2006, 5th Round
History: 牛久高-城西大-三菱ふそう川崎-楽天-横浜-DeNA
Roster Changes: removed 05/03/2016, added 06/23/2016

[11/21/2017] Naoto Watanabe returns to the Rakuten Eagles

The Rakuten Eagles announced today that they reached an agreement with Naoto Watanabe. He was assigned the uniform number 26.

Source: Rakuten 11/21/2017

[UPDATE 11/30 @ 9:51pm]

The Eagles held a press conference for Watanabe today. According to media reports, his salary will be an estimated fifteen million yen (down from the fifty million he made this season).

Source: Rakuten 11/30/2017, Sports Hochi 11/30/2017, Sanspo 11/30/2017


[11/16/2017] Rakuten Eagles to reunite with Naoto Watanabe

The Rakuten Eagles are planning to sign thirty-seven-year-old Naoto Watanabe. An official announcement is expected within the next few days.

With the departure of forty-two-year-old Kazuo Matsui, the Eagles were in the market for a utility infielder. Watanabe was also a popular player during his first stint with the team (2007-2010) and is sure to be welcomed by players and fans.

Source: Sponichi 11/16/2017


[5/4/2016] Naoto Watanabe taken off active roster

Naoto Watanabe was taken off the active roster on May 4 because the pain in his left hamstring was not improving. He first hurt his hamstring during a game against Softbank on April 30. The Lions decided to take Watanabe off the active roster because, even though he was able to hit, he could not run or play defense.

Source: Sanspo 5/4/2016


[4/30/2016] Naoto Watanabe leaves with hamstring discomfort

Naoto Watanabe was removed on defense in the seventh inning against Softbank at YafuOku Dome today because he felt discomfort in his left hamstring. The discomfort began as he rounded third when he scored from first on a triple  to center in the seventh inning.

Source: Sanspo 4/30/2016


[4/20/2016] Naoto Watanabe earns international FA option

Naoto Watanabe earned his international FA option today with nine years of service time on the active roster.

Source: Chunichi Sports 4/20/2016