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[10/3/2013] Chunichi Dragons Senryokugai: Kenshin Kawakami

by on Oct.03, 2013 @ 12:35 pm, under NPB

The media learned today that the Chunichi Dragons informed Kenshin Kawakami on Wednesday that they will not offer him a contract for the 2014 season.  An official announcement has yet to be made.

The Dragons reportedly offered him a position as a coach next season and a retirement game on the last home game of the season (October 5), but he declined because he wants to play next season.  The organization decided to part ways with the thirty-eight-year-old veteran because they want to get younger.

A number of teams, including Yakult, Yokohama, Rakuten, and Hanshin, could be interested in the right-handed veteran.  However, there are concerns about his health, including the condition of his right shoulder.  Whether he finds another suitor will likely depend on that.

Source: Daily Sports 10/3/2013, Daily Sports 10/3/2013, Daily Sports 10/3/2013Sports Hochi 10/3/2013, Nikkan Sports 10/3/2013, Sponichi 10/3/2013

UPDATE @ 2:50pm -

Kawakami worked out at Nagoya Stadium today.  He spoke to reporters and said, "I have spoke to team officials.  I was surprised [at the decision] because I was planning on returning next season to play."

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/3/2013

UPDATE 10/4 @ 6:23pm -

The Dragons made an official announcement on Thursday.

Source: official announcement

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Kenshin Kawakami

Year Team G W L SV CG SHO BF IP H HR BB HB SO WP BK R ER ERA
1998 Chunichi 26 14 6 0 4 3 649 161.1 123 14 51 2 124 4 0 48 46 2.57
1999 Chunichi 29 8 9 1 3 1 695 162.0 173 20 43 2 102 3 0 84 80 4.44
2000 Chunichi 14 2 3 0 0 0 260 60.1 65 10 20 1 24 1 0 32 32 4.77
2001 Chunichi 26 6 10 0 3 1 608 145.0 153 12 36 4 127 4 0 61 60 3.72
2002 Chunichi 27 12 6 0 3 3 760 187.2 170 13 34 8 149 0 0 54 49 2.35
2003 Chunichi 8 4 3 0 1 0 234 53.2 60 2 14 1 37 3 0 22 18 3.02
2004 Chunichi 27 17 7 0 5 2 774 192.1 173 27 38 4 176 2 0 72 71 3.32
2005 Chunichi 25 11 8 0 3 2 738 180.1 186 20 28 4 138 1 0 75 75 3.74
2006 Chunichi 29 17 7 0 6 3 841 215.0 166 22 39 5 194 3 0 74 60 2.51
2007 Chunichi 26 12 8 0 0 0 696 167.1 175 18 23 6 145 1 0 72 66 3.55
2008 Chunichi 20 9 5 0 1 0 473 117.1 99 11 25 5 112 1 0 33 30 2.30
2012 Chunichi 7 3 1 0 0 0 121 28.2 25 3 10 2 17 0 0 10 9 2.83
2013 Chunichi 5 1 1 0 0 0 119 28.0 26 3 13 0 12 4 0 11 10 3.21
    269 116 74 1 29 15 6968 1699.0 1594 175 374 44 1357 27 0 648 606 3.21