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[12/25/2013] Hisanori Takahashi signs two-year deal with the Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Dec.25, 2013 @ 10:34 pm, under NPB

The Yokohama Bay Stars signed Hisanori Takahashi (38) to a two-year deal worth an estimated sixty million yen a year plus incentives.  The Bay Stars will introduce Takahashi during a press conference on the 26th.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/25/2013

[UPDATE 12/26 @ 5:11pm]

The Bay Stars held a press conference for Takahashi today.

His two-year deal is reportedly worth an estimated total 100 million yen plus incentives.

Takahashi considered retirement at one point, but changed his mind after thinking about it and talking things through with people around.

Source: Sponichi 12/26/2013Sponichi 12/26/2013, Daily Sports 12/26/2013

[UPDATE 12/27 @ 3:03pm]

Takahashi's interaction with the media

Your impression of the Bay Stars.

The players have changed since I last played in Japan, but I thought they had a good line-up.  I did well against Yokohama, so I also thought it might be good to keep them as an opponent.

Is there anything you learned in the United States that might help here?

Not just things I learned in the United States, but the last fourteen years have been good.  I will try to provide the young players with helpful advice.

What kinds of things did you talk about with [Kiyoshi] Nakahata?

He told me to do my best and to just help lead the young team.

What is your impress of Nakahata?

He will say things are going well, even when things are not going well.  He is always looking forward.  I want to try and soak up some of that positive-thinking.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/27/2013