Thirty-one-year-old Ryo Hijirisawa earned his international free agent option today with nine years of service time on the active roster.
Source: Nikkan Sports 7/17/20170 Comments
Atsushi Ugumori, Yakult (First Time)
April 2 vs Yokohama at Jingu Stadium. Bottom of the 10th with the bases loaded, one out, and the score tied at four. Ugumori drilled a pinch-hit, walk-off grand slam to left. The Swallows were down a run when Tetsuto Yamada blasted a two-run home run in the bottom of the third. The lead lasted until Yokohama plated a run in the fifth to tie the game at four. Ugumori recorded the first walk-off hit of his career. He also became just the tenth player in CL history (sixteenth in NPB history to record a pinch-hit, walk-off grand slam.
Ryo Hijirisawa, Rakuten (First Time)
April 16 vs Nippon Ham at Kobo Park Miyagi. Bottom of the 10th inning with runners on first and second, one out, and the score tied at three. Hijirisawa hit a pinch-hit, walk-off double to right-center. The Eagles trailed the Fighters by as many as three runs. They started chipping away at the lead in the bottom of the fifth and managed to tied the game in the bottom of the 9th. Hijirisawa notched the fourth walk-off hit of his career, first since 2015.
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Thirty-one-year-old Ryo Hijirisawa has a domestic free agent option. The Rakuten Eagles announced on November 7 that he is not planning to use the option.
The Eagles released the following statement from Hijirisawa:
I had a hard time with this decision. It may have been the most difficult decision in my life. That said, I want to work hard to have the type of season next year that will make this the best decision I made.
Ryo Hijirisawa is thinking about exercising the domestic free agent option he earned last year. He told reporters he would not mind going to a new team and competing for an everyday job. He also told reporters he developed a connection with the Rakuten Eagles over the years and first planned to talk things out with team officials once the season ended.
Source: Sponichi 10/3/20160 Comments