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.0 Comments
Satoshi Komatsu is planning to retire. A press conference is scheduled for September 22.
[UPDATE 9/22 @ 4:01pm]
Komatsu held a press conference at Kyocera Dome earlier today and formally announced his decision to retire.
A few notes from various reports:
[UPDATE 9/26 @ 6:15pm]
The Ni-gun Buffaloes held a “surprise” retirement ceremony for Komatsu after their game against Hiroshima on September 25. He was tossed into the air ten times.
Source: Sponichi 9/25/2016
[UPDATE 9/30 @ 2:02am]
The Buffaloes held a retirement ceremony for Komatsu on September 29. He was tossed into the air eight times.
Source: Sponichi 9/29/20160 Comments