Kura, Yoshikazu 倉 義和 (くら・よしかず)
Born: 07/26/1975 (age 44)
Height: 179cm
Weight: 90kg
Bats: R
Throws: R
Blood Type: O
Hometown: Kyoto
Draft: 1997, 5th Round
History: 京都成章高-京産大
Roster Changes: added 09/24/2016, removed 09/25/2016

[9/20/2016] Hiroshima Carp: Kura, Hirose to retire

The Hiroshima Carp announced earlier today that forty-one-year-old Yoshikazu Kura and thirty-seven-year-old Jun Hirose will be retiring this year. Neither played in any Ichi-gun games this season. They approached team officials and submitted their intent to retire.

A press conference will be held for the two players in the near future.

Source: Sponichi 9/20/2016, Nikkan Sports 9/20/2016, Sports Hochi 9/20/2016, Daily Sports 9/20/2016

[UPDATE 9/26 @ 7:38pm]

Kura and Hirose held a press conferences at Mazda Stadium on September 25.

Notes on Kura:

Kura made the starting line-up at catcher for the Yakult game on September 25 and caught Hiroki Kuroda for the first time since September 27, 2007. He was in the game for just one batter (result: walk). The game was later canceled due to rain.

Notes on Hirose:

Source: Hiroshima announcement (Kura), Hiroshima announcement (Hirose), Nikkan Sports 9/25/2016, Nikkan Sports 9/25/2016Daily Sports 9/25/2016, Daily Sports 9/25/2016Daily Sports 9/25/2016

[UPDATE 10/2 @ 7:18pm]

The Carp held a retirement ceremony for Hirose after their game against Yakult on October 1. He was tossed into the air seven times.

Source: Sponichi 10/2/2016