Kawai, Takashi 川井 貴志 (かわい・たかし)
Born: 09/15/1976 (age 42)
Height: 180cm
Weight: 84kg
Bats: L
Throws: L
Blood Type: A
Hometown: Osaka
Draft: 1998, 3rd Round
History: 大阪桐蔭高-城西大-ロッテ
Roster Changes: added 05/24/2016, removed 05/25/2016, added 06/14/2016, removed 06/15/2016, added 09/08/2016, removed 09/14/2016

[12/31/2016] Updates on Kentaro Nishikawa, Yuji Arahari, Takashi Kawai, Toshio Saito

Twenty-three-year-old Kentaro Nishikawa was drafted by the Chunichi Dragons in 2011. He made his Ichi-gun debut in 2012 and won his first game in 2013. He was limited to six games between 2014 and 2015 because of problems with his right adductor. He failed to pitch in any Ichi-gun games this season and was released in October. He attended the twelve team tryouts in November with hopes of joining a new team. The Dragons later offered him a job as batting practice pitcher. He decided to accept the job a few days later because there were no offers to play (he and his wife were also expecting their first child).

Source: Daily Sports 12/30/2016, Nikkan Sports 12/30/2016

Twenty-seven-year-old Yuji Arahari was selected the Nippon Ham Fighters in the sixth round of the 2009 draft. He spent seven years in the Fighters’ organization, but never played in any Ichi-gun games. He informed Nippon Ham in October this year that he wanted to quit baseball and pursue a career as a firefighter.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/31/2016

Forty-year-old Takashi Kawai retired from baseball and decided to remain with the Rakuten Eagles. He will be a Ni-gun batting practice pitcher.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/31/2016

Thirty-three-year-old Toshio Saito decided to retire and accept the advance scouting job the Orix Buffaloes offered him when they released him.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/31/2016


[9/28/2016] Mitsutaka Goto and Takashi Kawai not in Eagles plans for 2017

Thirty-eight-year-old Mitsutaka Goto and forty-year-old Takashi Kawai are reportedly not a part of the Rakuten Eagles plans for the 2017 season and will most likely be released. It is not known if the two players want to continue playing or retire.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/28/2016

[UPDATE 9/29 @ 11:46pm]

The media learned on September 28 that Kawaii is planning to retire. He apparently made the decision after he starting the last Ni-gun game of the season and pitching an inning.

Goto would like to continue playing.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/29/2016, Sponichi 9/29/2016

[UPDATE 9/30 @ 2:21am]

The Eagles announced on September 29 that Kawaii was retiring. A press conference will be held on October 2.

Source: Rakuten announcement

[UPDATE 10/3 @ 6:21am]

Notes from Kawaii’s press conference.

Source: Rakuten announcement