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Naoyuki Omura wants to play, prepared to wait it out

by on Dec.30, 2010 @ 10:14 pm, under NPB

34-year-old Orix Buffalo senryokugai, Naoyuki Omura, wants to continue playing baseball.  And according to Nikkan Sports, he's prepared to wait it out a full season.

Said Omura, "I'll be prepared to start playing at a moment's notice.  I just want a place where I can show [teams] what I'm capable of.  Sort of like Tuffy [Rhodes], I'm just going to wait it out. ... Whatever the reason, it's my fault I didn't get to play much. ... I'll go anywhere that wants me.  I don't care about the salary.  I'll even play for free.  I'm also confident I can win  a starting position.  I don't even care about the 2,000-hit milestone. ... I might get lucky with a team that needs a certain puzzle piece, but in the end, it's all about timing."

DYK: Tuffy Rhodes was released by the Tokyo Giants after the 2005 season and then signed a minor league deal with the Cincinnati Reds.  After failing to make the MLB roster, Rhodes announced he was retiring.  But after the 2006 season, the Buffaloes called Rhodes up and signed him to a 1-year deal.

UPDATE 12/30 11:55pm JST - Norihiro Nakamura is also planning on waiting things out as he too wants to continue playing.

Naoyuki Omura Career Stats

YR TM G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI SB CS SH SF BB HBP SO GDP AVG OBP SLG OPS
1994 KIN 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - - - -
1995 KIN 110 309 282 37 76 7 4 3 100 19 15 10 5 2 20 0 56 2 .270 .316 .355 .672
1996 KIN 78 220 194 28 45 6 0 3 60 13 5 4 6 1 17 2 21 0 .232 .299 .309 .610
1997 KIN 97 367 327 53 92 17 5 1 122 30 15 5 12 1 26 1 44 5 .281 .335 .373 .709
1998 KIN 133 584 522 61 162 19 7 4 207 40 23 7 21 1 38 2 40 6 .310 .359 .397 .756
1999 KIN 132 533 494 54 128 19 3 2 159 36 7 9 19 1 17 2 40 6 .259 .286 .322 .608
2000 KIN 124 420 366 45 93 17 5 3 129 44 7 8 25 4 24 1 38 6 .254 .299 .352 .654
2001 KIN 136 651 590 82 160 34 2 16 246 53 5 1 15 4 31 11 74 8 .271 .318 .417 .737
2002 KIN 135 575 531 65 144 31 4 11 216 47 1 0 14 2 21 7 61 7 .271 .307 .407 .714
2003 KIN 136 615 550 94 165 34 7 16 261 61 27 10 7 8 40 10 77 7 .300 .354 .475 .833
2004 KIN 120 549 498 74 151 25 2 2 186 34 22 10 9 1 30 11 65 8 .303 .356 .373 .730
2005 SOF 133 584 529 68 143 21 3 8 194 48 31 9 17 4 22 12 76 11 .270 .312 .367 .681
2006 SOF 136 621 562 74 165 19 3 6 208 60 22 14 12 2 41 4 70 12 .294 .345 .370 .716
2007 SOF 113 487 455 44 145 20 0 1 168 31 11 7 10 3 9 10 51 12 .319 .344 .369 .715
2008 SOF 79 266 245 11 74 9 0 2 89 22 7 1 8 0 11 2 29 8 .302 .337 .363 .700
2009 ORI 119 462 419 32 122 21 0 0 143 30 5 12 14 5 18 6 35 10 .291 .326 .341 .671
2010 ORI 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Totals 1789 7245 6566 822 1865 299 45 78 2488 568 203 107 194 39 365 81 777 108 .284 .328 .379 .708

Norihiro Nakamura Career Stats

YR TM G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI SB CS SH SF BB HBP SO GDP AVG OBP SLG OPS
1992 KIN 11 27 27 4 6 1 0 2 13 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 .222 .222 .481 .704
1993 KIN 8 12 9 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 4 0 .111 .250 .111 .384
1994 KIN 101 215 192 23 54 13 1 8 93 36 0 0 2 2 19 0 49 2 .281 .343 .484 .830
1995 KIN 129 528 470 62 107 19 1 20 188 64 0 1 3 1 51 3 92 12 .228 .307 .400 .707
1996 KIN 110 454 411 60 112 15 1 26 207 67 4 1 0 0 39 4 89 7 .273 .341 .504 .845
1997 KIN 128 519 455 54 109 22 3 19 194 68 3 2 2 3 54 5 105 13 .240 .325 .426 .753
1998 KIN 132 564 481 74 125 14 1 32 237 90 1 1 2 2 74 5 114 12 .260 .363 .493 .857
1999 KIN 135 601 514 83 134 23 0 31 250 95 3 0 1 3 79 4 116 21 .261 .362 .486 .850
2000 KIN 127 564 476 82 132 26 0 39 275 110 1 1 0 5 80 3 112 17 .277 .381 .578 .962
2001 KIN 140 637 525 109 168 25 0 46 331 132 3 2 0 3 104 4 106 26 .320 .434 .630 1.066
2002 KIN 140 602 511 87 150 27 1 42 305 115 2 1 0 0 86 5 136 10 .294 .400 .597 .997
2003 KIN 117 456 381 54 90 14 1 23 175 67 1 1 0 2 72 1 96 18 .236 .357 .459 .818
2004 KIN 105 462 387 59 106 16 1 19 181 66 0 0 0 1 73 1 88 13 .274 .390 .468 .858
2006 ORI 85 359 328 39 76 22 0 12 134 45 0 1 0 2 26 3 70 10 .232 .292 .409 .703
2007 CHU 130 521 457 64 134 24 0 20 218 79 2 1 4 8 51 0 87 18 .293 .359 .477 .841
2008 CHU 140 557 493 56 135 20 0 24 227 72 0 1 10 3 50 1 119 11 .274 .340 .460 .802
2009 RAK 77 294 263 16 58 11 0 2 75 26 0 1 1 1 29 0 41 11 .221 .297 .285 .583
2010 RAK 129 521 473 51 126 23 0 13 188 64 0 1 1 2 44 1 84 18 .266 .329 .397 .728
Totals 1944 7893 6853 978 1823 315 10 378 3292 1202 20 15 26 39 933 40 1516 219 .266 .355 .480 .838