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[9/12/2015] NPB: Players that will be forty or over in 2016

by on Sep.13, 2015 @ 12:55 am, under NPB

Players that will be forty or over in 2016

Pos Name JPN Name ENG Age Team 2016
P 山本昌 Yamamoto, Masahiro 50 CHU [09/30] Announced retirement on September 30. Announcement [09/26] Yamamoto posted a blog announced his decision to retire on September 25. blog [09/14] Yamamoto is planning to make a decision on 2016 after the season ends. Some in the organization feel he has reached his limit physically, others want to see him set a new world record for oldest pitcher to record a win. Tokyo Sports 9/14/2015 [09/12] Uncertain, organization has basically left it up to him. Sports Hochi 9/12/2015
C/MGR 谷繁元信 Tanishige, Motonobu 45 CHU [09/21] Announced retirement on September 21. Announcement [09/15] According to a Sports Hochi report, the Dragons are checking their managerial contract with Tanishige. There is a chance they might let him go. Sports Hochi 9/15/2015 [09/13] Planning to retire as a player. Tanishige is expected to meet with the team. Sanspo 9/13/2015 [09/12] Could focus solely on managing. Sponichi 9/12/2015
OF 和田一浩 Wada, Kazuhiro 43 CHU [09/19] Announced retirement on September 19. Announcement [09/12] Planning to retire. Daily Sports 9/12/2015
INF 小笠原道大 Ogasawara, Michihiro 42 CHU [10/03] The Dragons announced that they added Ogawasara to their staff as Ni-gun manager. Announcement [09/17] Announced retirement on September 17. Announcement [09/14] Ogasawara will be with the team for their road game against Hanshin on September 15. He will hold a press conference when the team returns to Nagoya. There is a good chance he will remain in the organization as a coach or Ni-gun manager. Nikkan Sports 9/14/2015 [09/13] Could remain in the organization as Ni-gun manager or as a hitting coach. Sanspo 9/13/2015 ... The media learned on September 13 that Ogasawara is planning to retire. He will most likely make hold a press conference next week to make it official. Daily Sports 9/13/2015, Daily Sports 9/13/2015 [09/12] Could be senryokugai, retire. Sponichi 9/12/2015
P 岩瀬仁紀 Iwase, Hitoki 41 CHU [09/16] The Dragons could cut Iwase's salary from 300M to 30M. Daily Sports 9/16/2015 ... Iwase does not want this year to be the way his career ends and is prepared to take a significant cut in salary to play next year. Nikkan Sports 9/16/2015 [09/12] Uncertain. Sponichi 9/12/2015
P 川上憲伸 Kawakami, Kenshin 40 CHU [10/03] The media learned Kawakami had surgery on his right shoulder in late-September and is still in the hospital. He will most likely require more than six months for a full recovery. Sports Hochi 10/3/2015 [09/19] Kawakami would like to continue pitching and is willing to move to another organization. He may also be open to signing with an Independent League team. He is planning to have his right shoulder examined to see if he needs surgery. Having surgery will not force him to retirement. Sports Hochi 9/19/2015 [09/12] Could be senryokugai. Sponichi 9/12/2015
P/Coach 三浦大輔 Miura, Daisuke 42 YOK [09/24] The Bay Stars are planning to offer Miura a contract for the 2016 season. Sanspo 9/23/2015
P 高橋尚成 Takahashi, Hisanori 40 YOK [09/18] Announced retirement on September 18. Announcement [09/14] The Bay Stars announced that Takahashi will be retiring at the end of the season. official announcement ... Takahashi will hold a press conference on September 18 to announce his decision. A retirement ceremony could be held during the last game of the season on October 2. He told Sports Hochi he no longer felt motivated to play. Sports Hochi 9/14/2015 ... Planning to retire. Announcement could be made within the next couple of days. Nikkan Sports 9/14/2015
P 岡島秀樹 Okajima, Hideki 40 YOK [09/15] Okajima wants to continue playing in 2016. He struggled with injuries early on (left knee, left hamstring, left calf), but is doing better now and feels he can still contribute. Sports Hochi 9/15/2015
OF/Coach 高橋由伸 Takahashi, Yoshinobu 40 YOM [10/23] Announced retirement on October 23. To become next Yomiuri manager. Announcement
INF 井端弘和 Ibata, Hirokazu 40 YOM [10/24] Announced retirement on October 24. Nikkan Sports 10/24/2015
P 黒田博樹 Kuroda, Hiroki 40 HIR  
C 倉義和 Kura, Yoshikazu 40 HIR  
P 斎藤隆 Saito, Takashi 45 RAK [10/26] Saito spent October as NHK's Monthly Newscaster. His last day was October 25. He has decided to join entertainment group Yoshimoto Kyogo. Source: Sponichi 10/25/2015 [08/17] Announced retirement on August 17. Announcement
P ケニー・レイ Ray, Kenny 41 RAK  
INF 松井稼頭央 Matsui, Kazuo 40 RAK  
INF 井口資仁 Iguchi, Tadahito 41 LOT [09/23] Iguchi is planning to play next year. He will be in the final year of a three-year deal. Sports Hochi 9/23/2015
INF 福浦和也 Fukuura, Kazuya 40 LOT [09/12] Would like to continue playing, Lotte is expected to offer a contract. Sponichi 9/12/2015, Sports Hochi 9/12/2015
INF 松中信彦 Matsunaka, Nobuhiko 42 SOF [09/29] Announced decision to part ways with team for a chance to continue his career. Announcement [09/18] Matsunaka will be added to the active roster within the next few days. The Hawks do not ask aging players to retire. Sanspo 9/18/2015 ... The media learned on September 17 that the Hawks will allow Matsunaka to decide what he wants to do next year. Sports Hochi 9/18/2015, Daily Sports 9/18/2015
C/Coach 中嶋聡 Nakajima, Satoshi 46 HAM [09/29] Nakajima is planning to retire. Daily Sports 9/29/2015
P 西口文也 Nishiguchi, Fumiya 43 SEI [09/23] Announced retirement on September 23. Announcement [09/20] Nishiguchi's last game could come on September 22 against Ni-gun Rakuten. He may not get a chance to pitch at Ichi-gun because the team is in the middle of a run to make the Climax Series. Sponichi 9/20/2015 [09/19] Nishiguchi told reporters on September 19 that he was planning to retire. He first starting considering retirement two years ago. A press conference will be held within the next few days. Sports Hochi 9/19/2015, Daily Sports 9/19/2015, Nikkan Sports 9/19/2015, Sponichi 9/19/2015 [09/17] Nishiguchi would like to continue playing in 2016. Things could change after he speaks to the front office. Daily Sports 9/17/2015
OF 谷佳知 Tani, Yoshitomo 42 ORI [09/16] Announced retirement on September 16. Announcement [09/15] Tani will hold a press conference before Orix's game against Softbank at Kyocera Dome on September 16. Sanspo 9/15/2015 [09/13] A retirement ceremony could be held on October 3. Nikkan Sports 9/13/2015 [09/12] Planning to retire. Daily Sports 9/12/2015

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/13/2015 (list)

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One comment on “[9/12/2015] NPB: Players that will be forty or over in 2016

  1. T-Ray

    If this list is to include those turning 40 in 2016, then Akihito Fujii (Tigers’ catcher) should be on the list too. He will turn 40 in June of next year. Still not sure on his playing status but his age is a certainty!

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