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Former Nippon Ham Fighter Takeharu Kato decides to retire

by on Dec.05, 2011 @ 1:08 am, under NPB

The media learned on Saturday that Takeharu Kato (33) planned on retiring.

Said Kato, "Even though I rehabbed the right hamstring I strained in July, I have not been satisfied with my pitching.  I want to thank everything that supported me through everything."

He then added, "I did not think that I would have such a long career.  I would like to continue working in baseball."

Kato was drafted by Yokohama in the 4th round of the 2002 draft before being traded to the Nippon Ham Fighters on 11/26/2009.  After spending two seasons in Hokkaido, he official became a free agent on 12/2.

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Career Stats

Year Tm G W L Sv CG ShO BF IP H HR BB HBP SO WP BK R ER ERA WHIP
2003 YOK 44 4 2 5 0 0 252 61.2 59 5 6 4 63 0 0 23 19 2.77 1.05
2004 YOK 43 6 6 2 0 0 421 101.0 99 6 23 4 97 1 0 46 44 3.92 1.21
2005 YOK 46 4 6 0 0 0 372 90.1 89 13 17 5 85 1 0 34 33 3.29 1.17
2006 YOK 65 8 7 1 0 0 316 76.1 64 8 24 2 72 1 0 24 21 2.48 1.15
2007 YOK 52 8 4 1 0 0 366 82.0 88 10 29 3 87 0 0 43 41 4.50 1.43
2008 YOK 14 0 1 0 0 0 52 12.0 17 1 2 0 12 0 0 8 8 6.00 1.58
2009 YOK 9 0 1 0 0 0 53 11.0 15 2 5 0 11 2 0 7 7 5.73 1.82
2010 HAM 21 0 1 0 0 0 81 20.0 18 3 7 1 16 1 0 9 9 4.05 1.25
Totals 294 30 28 9 0 0 1913 454.1 449 48 113 19 443 6 0 194 182 3.61 1.24