Keisuke Kaneko was thinking about how he was going to prepare for the 2017 season when he found out the Softbank Hawks were going to let him go. He was caught off-guard by the news and was suddenly left with the decision of what to do next. He also had to think about the new baby girl that arrived in August. He attended the twelve team tryouts in November with hopes of finding new opportunities and went 1-for-5 with a strikeout. Shortly thereafter, he received a call from the Hawks asking if he was interested in taking a job with the team. He agreed and will begin in January.
The media learned on December 13 that Orix senryokugai Hirokazu Shiranita is planning to retire and take a regular job outside of baseball. He attended the twelve team tryouts last month but did not secure any offers. Shiranita was drafted by the Hanshin Tigers in 2007, made his first Ichi-gun appearance in 2011, and recorded his first victory in 2013. He was later traded to the Orix Buffaloes in 2014.
Hideki Sunaga was drafted by the Nippon Ham Fighters in 2003 and traded to the Yomiuri Giants in 2010. He returned to the Fighters in a trade in 2015 and was let go this year. He did not pitch in any Ichi-gun games this season because of neck pains caused by a cervical hernia that he developed while playing for the Giants (the pain surfaced once during spring camp and again during the summer). The Fighters offered him a job as batting practice pitcher and after about a week of thinking things over, he accepted the offer.0 Comments
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.0 Comments