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Makoto Shiozaki to retire at the end of the season

by on Sep.25, 2010 @ 2:40 pm, under NPB

9/29/2010 1:45am JST

Shiozaki's last game came on 9/28.  He entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the 8th and collected a single to right off Yu Darvish.  Shiozaki also took the field in the top of the 9th and handled a grounder at third without any incident.  After the game, the players all tossed Shiozaki up into the air.  He also got Akinobu Okada's signature on his last hit of his career (to complement the signature he got from his first manager, Akira Ogi, after collecting his first pro hit).

9/26/2010 6:23am JST

The Buffaloes may offer Shiozaki a position in the front office.

9/25/2010 2:40pm JST

The Orix Buffaloes announced today that 37-year-old Makoto Shiozaki will be retiring at the end of the current season.

Career Stats

Year Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI SB CS SH SF BB HBP SO GIDP AVG SLG OBP OPS
1997 ORI 104 215 181 25 44 10 0 0 54 6 5 1 19 1 10 4 28 2 .243 .298 .296 .596
1998 ORI 60 134 119 14 28 5 2 1 40 9 0 1 9 0 6 0 29 2 .235 .336 .272 .608
1999 ORI 104 277 221 22 55 8 2 0 67 24 8 2 20 2 33 1 49 4 .249 .303 .346 .652
2000 ORI 130 462 393 45 103 17 6 1 135 35 5 7 20 4 41 4 69 7 .262 .344 .335 .681
2001 ORI 132 518 439 58 115 17 3 4 150 45 10 3 18 3 54 4 91 8 .262 .342 .346 .690
2002 ORI 113 425 389 26 79 13 0 2 98 20 3 5 21 2 10 3 81 8 .203 .252 .228 .481
2003 ORI 56 155 129 13 29 9 0 1 41 8 2 0 13 1 12 0 31 3 .225 .318 .289 .609
2004 ORI 82 337 290 44 99 13 3 8 142 39 13 3 15 2 29 1 38 6 .341 .490 .401 .893
2005 ORI 96 286 254 27 80 13 0 4 105 25 0 1 10 2 17 3 40 0 .315 .413 .362 .778
2006 ORI 128 473 410 46 114 14 2 9 159 31 1 2 20 0 38 5 64 8 .278 .388 .347 .734
2007 ORI 34 68 64 4 9 1 0 1 13 5 0 0 2 1 1 0 10 2 .141 .203 .152 .357
2008 ORI 92 186 153 18 34 6 1 1 45 6 0 0 11 1 17 4 31 0 .222 .294 .314 .610
2009 ORI 66 106 94 11 22 5 0 2 33 7 0 1 3 1 8 0 29 4 .234 .351 .291 .645
2010 ORI 34 55 47 5 8 0 0 1 11 1 0 0 2 0 5 1 13 2 .170 .234 .264 .498
Totals 1231 3697 3183 358 819 131 19 35 1093 261 47 26 183 20 281 30 603 56 .257 .343 .322 .667