Goto, Mitsutaka 後藤 光尊 (ごとう・みつたか)
Born: 07/26/1978 (age 41)
Height: 175cm
Weight: 75kg
Bats: L
Throws: R
Blood Type: A
Hometown: Akita
Draft: 2001, 10th Round
History: 秋田高(甲)-法大中退-川崎製鉄千葉-オリックス
Roster Changes: removed 08/03/2016

[1/10/2017] Updates on Mitsutaka Goto, Akihisa Makida, Tomohito Yoneno, Shota Oba, Shingo Tatsumi

Thirty-eight-year-old Mitsutaka Goto held a press conference at Kobo Park Miyagi earlier today to announce his retirement.

The Eagles announced today that Goto and Akihisa Makida will be junior coaches for their baseball academy.

Source: Rakuten announcement, Eagles Academy announcement

Thirty-four-year-old Tomohito Yoneno is planning to open a gluten-free restaurant in Shimokitazawa. The Nippon Ham Fighters were planning to offer him a new contract, but he decided to retire because he felt now was the best time to start something new.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/10/2017

Chunichi senryokugai and former Softbank Hawk Shota Oba is thinking about becoming a keirin racer. According to Sponichi, there are currently seven keirin racers that played baseball professionally. One of them, former Yakult Swallows Hideyuki Matsutani, has found some success.

Source: Sports Hochi 1/9/2017, Sponichi 1/9/2017

Former Softbank Hawk Shingo Tatsumi joined a temp agency called Agekke. He will be working with Agekke staff at Zozo Marine.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/9/2017


[1/5/2017] Updates on Ken Kato, Takanori Hoshi, Mitsutaka Goto, Shun Yamashita

The media learned on January 4 that thirty-five-year-old Ken Kato is planning to retire. Kato was released by the Yomiuri Giants in October last year. He was offered a job to stay in the organization, but he turned it down because he wanted to continue playing. He attended the twelve team tryouts but did not receive any offers. He came to terms with his situation and decided to retire.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/5/2017, Sponichi 1/5/2017

Thirty-four-year-old Takanori Hoshi was let go by the Seibu Lions after last season. He was also offered a job as Ni-gun Ikusei coach, which he accepted.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/5/2017

Thirty-eight-year-old Mitsutaka Goto is expected to take a job as a Rakuten Eagles’ youth coach.

Source: Sponichi 1/5/2017

Former Yokohama Bay Star Shun Yamashita is set to work for a company called Equal One.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/4/2017


[12/30/2016] Updates on Mitsutaka Goto, Takuya Hara, Hugo Kanabushi, Kodai Ishigaki, Kaito Goya

Mitsutaka Goto told the media on December 24 that he was planning to retire. Goto attended the twelve tryouts last month with hopes of playing another year or two, but did not receive any offers. He was the last active player in the NPB (other than Ichiro) with ties to the Orix BlueWave. He is expected to take a job in the Eagles’ organization.

Source: Daily Sports 12/24/2016, Daily Sports 12/24/2016Sports Hochi 12/24/2016, Sponichi 12/24/2016, Sponichi 12/24/2016Nikkan Sports 12/24/2016

Thirty-two-year-old Takuya Hara started his career with Seibu and was traded to Orix in 2012. He attended the twelve team tryout in November after his release and went 0-for-4. He felt he had a good run and decided to retire. Hara hopes to devote some of his time toward improving the rate at which children are placed on waiting lists for nursery schools and childcare facilities.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/30/2016

Twenty-seven-year-old Hugo Kanabushi will be playing for the BC League’s Tochigi Golden Braves next year. He started his career with Yakult (2011 Ikusei draft, second round) and later signed an Ikusei contract with Yomiuri (2015). He made the seventy-man roster this year, but was released after the season. He considered retirement, but attended the twelve team tryouts in November and topped out at 138km/h.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/30/2016, official announcement

Twenty-year-old Kodai Ishigaki was selected by Chunichi in the second round of the 2014 Ikusei draft. He was released after the season and attended the twelve team tryouts in November. He struck out two and topped out at 139km/h. He also auditioned for a talent agency. He passed his audition and decided to join the entertainment industry.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/30/2016

Nineteen-year-old Kaito Goya was selected by Chunichi in the fifth round of the 2015 Ikusei draft. He decided to retire in August because he felt he would never be good enough to make the active roster. He plans to join his father at a shipping company in Tokyo.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/30/2016


[9/28/2016] Mitsutaka Goto and Takashi Kawai not in Eagles plans for 2017

Thirty-eight-year-old Mitsutaka Goto and forty-year-old Takashi Kawai are reportedly not a part of the Rakuten Eagles plans for the 2017 season and will most likely be released. It is not known if the two players want to continue playing or retire.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/28/2016

[UPDATE 9/29 @ 11:46pm]

The media learned on September 28 that Kawaii is planning to retire. He apparently made the decision after he starting the last Ni-gun game of the season and pitching an inning.

Goto would like to continue playing.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/29/2016, Sponichi 9/29/2016

[UPDATE 9/30 @ 2:21am]

The Eagles announced on September 29 that Kawaii was retiring. A press conference will be held on October 2.

Source: Rakuten announcement

[UPDATE 10/3 @ 6:21am]

Notes from Kawaii’s press conference.

Source: Rakuten announcement