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Forty-four-year-old Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi planning to retire

by on Mar.20, 2013 @ 12:36 pm, under NPB

Forty-four-year-old pitcher Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi has decided to retire.  He was released by the Rakuten Eagles last year and attended a tryout with the Los Angeles Dodgers in February.  He did not make the cut with the Dodgers, but did apparently receive some offers from US independent league teams.  But he could not accept because he felt strong tightness in his left shoulder and pain in his lower back.

Shimoyanagi began his career as a 4th round draft pick out of the Industrial League in 1990 for the Daiei Hawks.  He was traded to the Nippon Ham Fighters in 1995 and again to the Hanshin Tigers in 2003.  He was released by the Tigers in 2011 and signed with the Rakuten Eagles in 2012 after passing a tryout.

Shimoyanagi does not plan on holding a press conference to announce his decision.  He already informed former teammates Tomoaki Kanemoto and Akihiro Yano about his decision.

Source: Daily Sports 3/20/2013, Sponichi 3/20/2013

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Career Stats

Year Team G W L SV CG SHO BF IP H HR BB HB SO WP BK R ER ERA
1991 Daiei 1 0 0 0 0 0 7 0.2 1 0 4 0 0 0 0 4 4 54.00
1993 Daiei 50 4 8 5 1 0 423 98.0 92 10 55 1 69 5 1 49 45 4.13
1994 Daiei 62 11 5 4 0 0 473 105.2 111 5 53 2 89 7 0 54 53 4.51
1995 Daiei 24 2 3 0 1 0 202 46.2 47 2 18 2 26 4 1 24 21 4.05
1996 Nippon Ham 23 1 2 2 0 0 181 43.0 32 3 20 0 39 0 0 19 18 3.77
1997 Nippon Ham 65 9 4 0 0 0 630 147.0 140 13 62 6 136 7 0 61 57 3.49
1998 Nippon Ham 66 2 3 5 0 0 400 93.2 74 8 47 3 71 3 0 37 32 3.07
1999 Nippon Ham 62 1 4 6 0 0 332 77.1 62 9 47 2 79 4 0 31 31 3.61
2000 Nippon Ham 36 8 4 0 3 1 403 93.2 79 11 49 2 82 4 0 50 47 4.52
2001 Nippon Ham 21 9 8 0 3 1 529 121.0 114 24 50 9 89 1 0 73 68 5.06
2002 Nippon Ham 17 2 7 0 0 0 228 51.2 49 10 25 4 44 2 0 34 33 5.75
2003 Hanshin 26 10 5 0 3 1 573 137.2 138 20 25 7 135 3 1 63 57 3.73
2004 Hanshin 22 7 5 0 0 0 513 116.0 143 13 28 10 76 1 0 68 66 5.12
2005 Hanshin 24 15 3 0 1 0 531 132.1 125 11 25 6 90 0 0 44 44 2.99
2006 Hanshin 25 12 11 0 1 0 642 150.1 154 11 55 9 86 3 0 61 53 3.17
2007 Hanshin 25 10 8 0 0 0 582 129.1 145 11 52 3 74 5 0 68 59 4.11
2008 Hanshin 27 11 6 0 1 0 668 162.1 154 9 41 9 89 2 0 60 54 2.99
2009 Hanshin 22 8 8 0 1 1 524 119.1 127 10 42 8 64 2 0 57 48 3.62
2010 Hanshin 19 7 8 0 0 0 441 100.0 110 13 33 6 58 3 1 54 48 4.32
2011 Hanshin 6 0 2 0 0 0 122 28.0 29 1 12 1 18 1 0 13 11 3.54
2012 Rakuten 4 0 2 0 0 0 80 17.0 27 0 1 3 4 0 0 10 10 5.29
  Totals 627 129 106 22 15 4 8484 1970.2 1953 194 744 93 1418 57 4 934 859 3.92