Hirose, Jun 廣瀬 純 (ひろせ・じゅん)
Born: 03/28/1979 (age 40)
Height: 181cm
Weight: 85kg
Bats: R
Throws: R
Blood Type: B
Hometown: Oita
Draft: 2000, 2nd Round
History: 佐伯鶴城高(甲)-法大
Roster Changes: added 09/24/2016, removed 10/01/2016

[12/8/2016] Updates on Toshiyuki Yanuki, Jun Hirose

Yomiuri senryokugai Toshiyuki Yanuki has decided to retire. He attended the twelve team tryouts in November. He faced three hitters, allowed one hit, and topped out at 146km/h. He waited for offers, but did not receive any. He was disappointed, but decided he was going to take it as a sign that he should find a new job while he was still physically strong.

Jun Hirose considered retirement last year because the injuries were starting to take a toll. He decided to give it another try after talking to his old college manager. But then he hurt his right shoulder during a Ni-gun game against Chunichi on August 20 (he was attempting to make a throw from left to home plate and felt pain from his shoulder to his finger tips) and he knew his career was over for sure. He took a lot of pride in his throwing ability. He led the league in assists with ten in 2010. Without his arm, he knew he would never make it back to the active roster.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/7/2016, Sponichi 12/7/2016Sponichi 12/7/2016, Sponichi 12/8/2016


[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


[4/5/2016] Jun Hirose suffers a broken nose

Jun Hirose was hit in the face by a baseball before a Ni-gun game against Hanshin at Naruohama on April 5. The accident took place when Hirose was fielding balls off the outfield wall. An errant throw by a pitcher playing catch hit him in the face. He was able to walk on his own. There was swelling around his right cheek and blood on his pants. He was taken to a hospital in Hyogo via ambulance for tests.

Source: Daily Sports 4/5/2016

[UPDATE @ 11:59pm]

Hirose was diagnosed with a nasal fracture.

Source: Daily Sports 4/5/2016