Masanori Ishikawa became the eighty-sixth pitcher in NPB history to reach the 2,000 innings pitched milestone on Tuesday night -- he started the day at 1,991 innings and tossed a nine-inning complete game.
Source: Nikkan Sports 9/25/2013
Yasuhiro Ogawa joined Yoshio Kitagawa (eighteen in 1959) as the only rookies in franchise history to win fifteen or more games.
Source: Sanspo 9/23/2013
Baseball dog Wasabi will make an appearance at Jingu during the ceremonial first pitch on the 26th (vs Yomiuri).
Shinjiro Hiyama's retirement ceremony will take place on October 5 (vs Yomiuri at Koshien).
Source: official announcement
Randy Messenger recorded his second twelve-win season on Monday. He joined Gene Bacque (1964-1968) and Matt Keough (1988-1989) as the only foreign pitchers in franchise history to win twelve or more games in two or more seasons.
Messenger is also the first Hanshin pitcher to toss three shutouts in a season since Kei Igawa notched three in 2006 and the first foreign Hanshin pitcher since Bacque recorded three in 1968.
Source: Nikkan Sports 9/24/2013
The Tigers announced that Brooks Conrad left for the US. He is not expected to return next season.