Arakaki, Nagisa 新垣 渚 (あらかき・なぎさ)
Born: 05/08/1980 (age 39)
Height: 190cm
Weight: 83kg
Bats: R
Throws: R
Blood Type: O
Hometown: Okinawa
Draft: 2002, Jiyuu
History: 沖縄水産高(甲)-九州共立大-ダイエー-ソフトバンク
Roster Changes: added 04/27/2016, removed 05/17/2016, added 06/07/2016, removed 06/14/2016

[12/23/2016] Updates on Nagisa Arakaki, Shotaro Ide, Takahiro Suzuki, Keiyo Aomatsu

Nagisa Arakaki was senryokugaied by the Yakult Swallows on October 1. Arakaki attended the twelve team tryout in November and retired all three batters he faced. He waited for offers from other teams, but did not receive any. The media learned on December 20 that he accepted a job with the Softbank Hawks. He will join their baseball promotion department and coach kids.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/21/2016

Shotaro Ide had problems with sudden nausea the last two years. This year, he found it difficult to swing the bat properly after he strained his back during spring camp. The piling issues made him feel it was time to retire. He attended the twelve team tryouts in November and went 1-for-5, but did not receive any offers. He is scheduled to join Softbank’s baseball promotion department.

Source: Sponichi 12/21/2016

Takahiro Suzuki sat in front of his locker for about an hour after losing the Climax Series to Yokohama on October 10. At the time, he was still struggling with his decision to retire, even though he was about ninety percent sure. It was not until he met his parents later that day (he drove to Fukushima after the game) that he was able to come to terms with the decision.

Source: Sponichi 12/22/2016

The media learned on December 21 that Lotte senryokugai Keiyo Aomatsu has decided to retire. He attended the twelve team tryouts in November and went 2-for-5, but did not receive any offers.

Source: Sponichi 12/22/2016


[12/2/2016] Kaneko and Arakaki planning to retire

Softbank senryokugai Keisuke Kaneko (31) and Yakult senryokugai Nagisa Arakaki (36) are planning to retire because they have not received any offers to play in 2017. Both players attended the twelve team tryouts at Koshien Stadium last month in hopes of drumming up interest. Kaneko went 1-for-5. Arakaki topped out at 140km/h and retired the three batters he faced.

Source: Daily Sports 11/30/2016, Nikkan Sports 11/30/2016


[5/17/2016] Nagisa Arakaki records 100th wild pitch

Nagisa Arakaki recorded his 100th career wild pitch during a game against Hiroshima at Mazda Stadium earlier today and became just the third player in NPB history to reach the milestone. The wild pitch came in the fourth inning with Brad Eldred up to bat.

Pitchers with 100 or more wild pitches:

Incidentally, Arakaki also holds the Pacific League record for most wild pitches in a game (five set in 2008) and tied the Central League record (four) in 2014.

Source: Daily Sports 5/17/2016, Sponichi 5/17/2016