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[11/4/2013] Chunichi Dragons to part ways with Hirokazu Ibata

by on Nov.04, 2013 @ 6:05 pm, under NPB

The Chunichi Dragons announced today that they are parting ways with veteran Hirokazu Ibata.

The following statement from Ibata was posted to the official team site:

I have not thought about what comes next. Regardless of what I do, I need to get treatment for the hand and leg I had surgery on. I will not think about anything else other than rehab. I am full of appreciation for all that fans that supported me. Thank you very much.

Chunichi tried to work out a deal with Ibata and sat down with him a number of times, but could not come to an agreement on terms for the 2014 season.

"We spoke a number of times, but his mind was firmly set, and unfortunately we could not get a deal signed.  I personally feel that this decision had nothing to do with the money.  We obviously felt he could help us out next year," Chunichi team rep Kazuo Nishiyama said.

Reports over the last couple of days have mentioned that the Dragons wanted to cut his salary by more than forty percent.

Source: official announcement, Sanspo 11/4/2013

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Hirokazu Ibata

Year Team G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI SB CS SH SF BB HP SO GDP AVG OBP SLG
1998 Chunichi 18 60 49 2 12 1 0 0 13 2 4 0 4 0 6 1 8 0 .245 .339 .265
2000 Chunichi 92 270 242 35 74 7 0 3 90 16 6 8 8 2 16 2 22 1 .306 .351 .372
2001 Chunichi 140 625 531 53 139 25 3 1 173 32 14 12 37 2 49 6 60 10 .262 .330 .326
2002 Chunichi 135 596 531 67 154 25 1 4 193 25 6 9 6 0 53 6 77 11 .290 .361 .363
2003 Chunichi 105 447 386 44 103 14 0 5 132 27 5 3 30 1 28 2 50 9 .267 .319 .342
2004 Chunichi 138 642 562 81 170 30 2 6 222 57 21 10 18 3 54 5 74 16 .302 .367 .395
2005 Chunichi 146 659 560 87 181 22 5 6 231 63 22 8 19 2 72 6 77 11 .323 .405 .413
2006 Chunichi 146 666 573 97 162 19 2 8 209 48 17 12 27 1 61 4 72 13 .283 .355 .365
2007 Chunichi 144 665 588 87 174 34 4 5 231 45 23 6 8 1 63 5 74 13 .296 .368 .393
2008 Chunichi 106 466 408 51 113 16 3 5 150 23 8 3 16 2 37 3 56 7 .277 .340 .368
2009 Chunichi 144 657 569 80 174 24 2 5 217 39 13 7 8 2 72 6 66 13 .306 .388 .381
2010 Chunichi 53 212 180 18 47 6 0 0 53 16 0 0 6 2 21 3 28 13 .261 .345 .294
2011 Chunichi 104 434 376 28 88 9 1 1 102 29 3 3 31 2 25 0 53 10 .234 .280 .271
2012 Chunichi 140 553 489 35 139 17 0 2 162 35 4 4 8 1 52 3 58 14 .284 .356 .331
2013 Chunichi 100 376 326 30 77 9 0 1 89 18 0 2 8 0 38 4 51 13 .236 .323 .273
    1711 7328 6370 795 1807 258 23 52 2267 475 146 87 234 21 647 56 826 154 .284 .354 .356