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Keiichi Yabu to retire and take coaching job with Hanshin Tigers

by on Dec.08, 2010 @ 2:45 pm, under NPB

4:58pm JST

The two sides will likely meet on the 15th.

2:45pm JST

Keiichi Yabu, released by the Rakuten Eagles, is currently attending the Winter Meetings in the US and apparently said that he plans on retiring this year in order to take a Ni-gun pitching coach job with the Hanshin Tigers.

Yabu originally wanted to continue his playing career and even traveled out to Arizona for workouts but apparently changed his mind when his former team offered him a Ni-gun coaching job.

Said Yabu, "I would like to continue playing, but I think that'll go away if I take a job to be a coach."

Nothing has been decided yet, but the Tigers are expected to meet Yabu when he returns from the US.

Career Stats

YR TM G W L Sv CG ShO BF IP H HR BB HBP SO WP BLK R ER ERA WHIP
1994 HAN 26 9 9 0 8 1 743 181.1 174 12 42 2 110 2 1 67 64 3.18 1.19
1995 HAN 27 7 13 0 7 2 813 196.0 185 19 50 10 118 4 1 73 65 2.98 1.20
1996 HAN 30 11 14 0 6 1 834 195.1 204 14 51 11 145 1 1 97 87 4.01 1.31
1997 HAN 29 10 12 0 4 1 768 183.0 172 23 62 10 111 9 0 79 73 3.59 1.28
1998 HAN 24 11 10 0 3 2 692 164.0 159 11 51 8 90 4 2 74 64 3.51 1.28
1999 HAN 28 6 16 0 4 2 737 173.1 175 16 57 11 95 4 0 80 76 3.95 1.34
2000 HAN 25 6 10 0 1 1 638 151.0 162 19 30 4 95 7 0 76 70 4.17 1.27
2001 HAN 17 0 4 0 0 0 250 55.0 55 2 33 5 26 5 0 32 25 4.09 1.60
2002 HAN 20 10 6 0 5 2 532 131.2 118 14 30 6 97 3 0 48 46 3.14 1.12
2003 HAN 23 8 3 0 0 0 405 97.2 97 13 27 2 67 4 0 50 43 3.96 1.27
2004 HAN 19 6 9 0 1 1 480 116.1 108 8 36 6 75 5 0 44 39 3.02 1.24
2005 OAK 40 4 0 1 0 0 262 58.0 64 6 26 8 44 2 0 34 29 4.50 1.55
2008 SF 60 3 6 0 0 0 302 68.0 63 3 32 8 48 5 1 33 27 3.57 1.40
2010 RAK 11 0 0 0 0 0 48 11.0 9 2 6 2 6 0 0 6 6 4.91 1.36
NPB Totals 279 84 106 0 39 13 6940 1655.2 1618 153 475 77 1035 48 5 726 658 3.58 1.26
MLB Totals 100 7 6 1 0 0 564 126.0 127 9 58 16 92 7 1 67 56 4.00 1.47