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Saito, Toshio 齋藤 俊雄 (さいとう・としお)
Born: 12/22/1983 (age 35)
Height: 180cm
Weight: 85kg
Bats: R
Throws: R
Blood Type: A
Hometown: Aichi
Draft: 2004, 10th Round
History: 豊田大谷高-三菱自動車岡崎-横浜-ロッテ
Roster Changes: added 05/07/2016, removed 05/20/2016, added 06/11/2016, removed 06/19/2016, added 08/29/2016, removed 09/17/2016

[12/31/2016] Updates on Kentaro Nishikawa, Yuji Arahari, Takashi Kawai, Toshio Saito

Twenty-three-year-old Kentaro Nishikawa was drafted by the Chunichi Dragons in 2011. He made his Ichi-gun debut in 2012 and won his first game in 2013. He was limited to six games between 2014 and 2015 because of problems with his right adductor. He failed to pitch in any Ichi-gun games this season and was released in October. He attended the twelve team tryouts in November with hopes of joining a new team. The Dragons later offered him a job as batting practice pitcher. He decided to accept the job a few days later because there were no offers to play (he and his wife were also expecting their first child).

Source: Daily Sports 12/30/2016, Nikkan Sports 12/30/2016

Twenty-seven-year-old Yuji Arahari was selected the Nippon Ham Fighters in the sixth round of the 2009 draft. He spent seven years in the Fighters’ organization, but never played in any Ichi-gun games. He informed Nippon Ham in October this year that he wanted to quit baseball and pursue a career as a firefighter.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/31/2016

Forty-year-old Takashi Kawai retired from baseball and decided to remain with the Rakuten Eagles. He will be a Ni-gun batting practice pitcher.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/31/2016

Thirty-three-year-old Toshio Saito decided to retire and accept the advance scouting job the Orix Buffaloes offered him when they released him.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/31/2016

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[12/3/2016] Updates on Shotaro Ide, Toshio Saito, Shinta Hifumi

Former Yokohama Bay Stars Shotaro Ide has decided to retire. He attended the twelve team tryouts in November and went 1-for-5. He was waiting for an offer, but did not receive one.

Toshio Saito was let go by the Orix Buffaloes after the season. He was also offered a job as advance scout by the Buffaloes. He would have to retire, but he is open to the idea.

Hanshin Tigers’ senryokugai Shinta Hifumi did not attend the twelve team tryouts in November because he already has plans to join the BC League’s Ishikawa Million Stars.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/3/2016, Sponichi 12/3/2016, Sponichi 12/3/2016

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