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Tsuruoka, Shinya 鶴岡 慎也 (つるおか・しんや)
Softbank Hawks | #33 | C
Born: 04/10/1981 (age 36)
Height: 175cm
Weight: 78kg
Bats: R
Throws: R
Blood Type: A
Hometown: Kagoshima
Draft: 2002, 8th Round
History: 樟南高(甲)-三菱重工横浜硬式野球クラブ-日本ハム
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[2017 Free Agency] Shinya Tsuruoka Rumors

Date Team Update
12/4/2017
@ 1:29a
Nippon Ham Tsuruoka met with the Fighters at a hotel in Sapporo on November 3. The Fighters showed strong interest by offering a multi-year deal. Tsuruoka was grateful for the meeting and is open to returning to his former team. Daily Sports 12/3/2017, Nikkan Sports 12/3/2017, Nikkan Sports 12/3/2017Sponichi 12/3/2017
12/1/2017
@ 2:59p
Nippon Ham The Fighters announced that they are scheduled to meet Tsuruoka in Sapporo on November 3. They see as someone that can still contribute at Ichi-gun. Sanspo 12/1/2017
11/30/2017
@ 2:53
Nippon Ham The Fighters are planning to sit down with Tsuruoka within the next few days. They could reach an agreement before the end of the year. Daily Sports 11/30/2017, Daily Sports 11/30/2017
11/25/2017
@ 10:28p
Tsuruoka told reporters on November 24 that he has been carrying his mobile phone around with him, but has not received any offers. He did receive a call from Softbank Hawks Chairman Sadaharu Oh. Oh told Tsuruoka he supported his decision to exercise his free agent option. Nikkan Sports 11/25/2017

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[11/6/2017] Shinya Tsuruoka planning to exercise FA option

Thirty-six-year-old Shinya Tsuruoka is planning to exercise his free agent option. He exercised his first option after the 2013 season and signed with the Softbank Hawks. He re-earned the option this year and would like to go to a team that will give him more playing time. He was a third catcher for the Hawks this year, behind Takuya Kai and Hiroaki Takaya. Tsuruoka played in twenty-nine games this season and got the start at catcher twice.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/6/2017

[UPDATE 11/7 @ 3:59pm]

Tsuruoka filed for free agency today. He told reporters he wanted a chance to start over from scratch with a shot at winning the everyday job behind home plate.

Source: Daily Sports 11/7/2017Sports Hochi 11/7/2017, Sponichi 11/7/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/7/2017

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[8/22/2017] Shinya Tsuruoka re-earns FA option

Thirty-six-year-old Shinya Tsuruoka re-earned his free agent option today. He earned his domestic option in July 2013. He exercised the option after the season and signed with the Softbank Hawks.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/22/2017

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