[6/19/2017] Tomo Ohka to retire

The media learned on today that forty-one-year-old Tomo Ohka has decided to retire after attempting an MLB comeback. He tried to find a spot in the Orioles organization, but was let go in late-March. He waited for other offers, but got none.

Ohka was selected by Yokohama in the third round of the 1994 draft. He stayed in the organization until his release after the 1998 season. He signed a minor league deal with the Boston Red Sox in December 1998 and was later traded to the Montreal Expos in 2001. He made his way to the Milwaukee Brewers in a trade during the 2005 season. He then bounced around a number of organizations (Toronto Blue Jays, St. Louis Cardinals, Seattle Mariners, Chicago White Sox, and the Cleveland Indians) before he returned to Yokohama for two seasons (2010, 2011). He bounced around some more in Japan and the United States (Toyama Thunderbirds in 2013, Toronto Blue Jays in 2014, Bridgeport Bluefish in 2014, Toyama Thunderbirds in 2015, Fukushima Hopes between 2015 and 2016) and picked up the knuckleball along the way. He signed a minor league contract with the Baltimore Orioles in December 2016.

NPB: 63 G, 8-17, 5.23 ERA, 1.54 WHIP
MLB: 202 G, 51-68, 4.26 ERA, 1.39 WHIP

Source: Sponichi 6/19/2017, Daily Sports 6/19/2017

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