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Ken Takahashi returning to Hiroshima

by on Dec.21, 2009 @ 7:24 pm, under NPB

The Hiroshima Carp will be holding a press conference tomorrow (12/22) to announce and introduce Ken Takahashi.  No other details are known at this time.

2009 Season

Org Lvl W L ERA G GS CG SH GF SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WP ERA
NYM AAA 1 3 2.38 18 7 1 1 1 0 56.2 55 21 15 2 23 38 3 1.38
NYM MLB 0 1 2.96 28 0 0 0 5 0 27.1 23 9 9 2 14 23 2 1.35

=== UPDATE 12/22/2009 6:15pm JST

The Carp signed Takahashi to 1-year contract worth 25M yen plus incentives.  He was also assigned the number 22.

=== UPDATE 11:18pm JST

A Q&A posted by Sanspo:

Your feelings right now?

I'm really happy.  I feel like a rookie 2 years in a row.  I started from 1 a year ago and it'll sort of be like starting from 1 next year.  Kind of like an "old rookie."

What led you to give up on the Majors?

I may have gotten an offer had I waited a bit more, but negotiations took a long time last year.  I just wanted to get things doing within the year.

What did you gain by playing in the Majors?

The hunger [to play].  I made it up from the tough minors.  I had to be really clever on all fronts in order to be used.

At 40 [you'll] be the oldest [on the roster]...

It'll be nice if I can provide people courage by pitching.  I'd also like to get the younger players to want to show me up.

Any stat-specific goals?

If I'm starting, double digit wins.  If it's in relief, anything to help the team win.  I just want to contribute to the team's success.

You'll be playing in a new stadium...

It's a great ballpark and lots of fans are coming out to watch.  I want to hurry up and get on that mound.

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