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[9/17/2015] Chunichi Dragons: Michihiro Ogasawara officially announces his decision to retire

by on Sep.17, 2015 @ 8:45 pm, under NPB

Michihiro Ogasawara held a press confernce in Nagoya today and announced his decision to retire after the season.

A few notes taken from various sources:

  • His passion for the game will never go away.
  • His decided to retire because he started noticing gaps between how he perceived himself as a player and how things really were. Retirement has been in the back of his mind the last few years.
  • He had a feeling that this might be his last year when he signed with Chunichi as a free agent. He felt if he was ever sent down to Ni-gun, for whatever reason, it might be time to retire. He thought about retiring when he was taken off the active roster in July after getting hurt.
  • He hurt his left hamstring in July.
  • He never felt like he reached his limit while playing, but did notice changes in his body, like not be able to run as well. He also felt like he could no longer push himself quite as hard when injured.
  • He made the decision to retire on his own. He told his family once his mind was made up. They were supportive, but may have also wanted to see him play some more.
  • He told the manager of his decision to retire and dropped hints to teammates. He plans to talk to his teammates on September 18.
  • He feels his ten years with the Fighters was about learning and developing as a player. His seven years with the Giants were about showing what he learned and how he developed. His two years with the Dragons was about doing things he wanted to do.
  • There is no one stat he takes pride in. He does take pride in the cheers he received, right up until the end.
  • Most memorable moment: he could not pick one specific event because everything that happened during his career helped him become the player he is. However, he does remember his first home run (July 7, 1998).

Source: official announcement, Daily Sports 9/17/2015, Sports Hochi 9/17/2015, Sports Hochi 9/17/2015, Sports Hochi 9/17/2015, Sports Hochi 9/17/2015, Sports Hochi 9/17/2015, Sports Hochi 9/17/2015

[UPDATE 9/21 @ 6:44pm]

The Dragons held a retirement ceremony for Ogasawara during their Yomiuri game on September 21. He got the start at first, batted fifth, and went 1-for-3 (Ks, 1B6, F7). His two daughters and Yoshinobu Takahashi presented him with flowers after his last at bat in the 7th inning. After the game, players from both teams tossed him into the air five times.

Source: official announcementNikkan Sports 9/21/2015, Sponichi 9/21/2015, Sports Hochi 9/21/2015

[UPDATE 9/22 @ 6:30pm]

Ogasawara was taken off the active roster on September 22.

[UPDATE 10/3 @ 5:41pm]

The Dragons announced on October 3 that they added Ogasawara to their staff as Ni-gun manager.

Source: official announcement

Career Stats

Year Team G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI SB CS SH SF BB IBB HBP SO DP DP OBP SLG OPS
1997 Nippon Ham 44 98 94 7 21 10 2 0 35 7 1 0 0 1 3 0 0 10 2 .223 .245 .372 .617
1998 Nippon Ham 71 98 86 7 26 5 0 1 34 9 1 1 0 1 11 1 0 17 3 .302 .378 .395 .773
1999 Nippon Ham 135 608 547 90 156 34 4 25 273 83 3 4 0 4 56 1 0 84 6 .285 .349 .499 .848
2000 Nippon Ham 135 635 554 126 182 23 4 31 306 102 24 6 0 5 74 2 2 91 6 .329 .406 .552 .959
2001 Nippon Ham 140 643 576 108 195 40 2 32 335 86 1 6 0 0 63 7 4 102 8 .339 .407 .582 .989
2002 Nippon Ham 135 574 486 77 165 27 2 32 292 81 8 1 0 6 76 14 6 77 6 .340 .430 .601 1.031
2003 Nippon Ham 128 546 445 83 160 34 1 31 289 100 8 3 0 3 93 12 5 65 13 .360 .473 .649 1.122
2004 Nippon Ham 101 452 377 78 130 19 2 18 207 70 3 1 0 2 70 3 3 70 10 .345 .449 .549 .998
2005 Nippon Ham 133 580 514 91 145 27 2 37 287 92 2 1 0 1 61 3 4 114 8 .282 .362 .558 .920
2006 Nippon Ham 135 579 496 77 155 31 1 32 284 100 4 3 0 8 73 5 2 85 8 .313 .397 .573 .970
2007 Yomiuri 142 617 566 95 177 33 1 31 305 88 4 0 0 4 43 5 4 98 10 .313 .363 .539 .902
2008 Yomiuri 144 589 520 93 161 27 1 36 298 96 0 2 1 5 56 8 7 105 14 .310 .381 .573 .954
2009 Yomiuri 139 580 514 78 159 25 1 31 279 107 2 1 0 2 60 2 4 107 8 .309 .384 .543 .927
2010 Yomiuri 137 591 510 83 157 24 1 34 285 90 1 0 0 5 73 2 3 101 9 .308 .394 .559 .953
2011 Yomiuri 83 314 281 21 68 12 0 5 95 20 1 3 0 2 27 1 4 66 4 .242 .315 .338 .653
2012 Yomiuri 34 99 92 4 14 3 0 0 17 4 0 0 1 1 5 0 0 22 1 .152 .194 .185 .379
2013 Yomiuri 22 40 36 2 9 2 0 1 14 8 0 1 0 1 2 0 1 7 2 .250 .300 .389 .689
2014 Chunichi 81 99 83 4 25 6 0 1 34 18 0 0 0 1 14 1 1 16 1 .301 .404 .410 .814
  1939 7742 6777 1124 2105 382 24 378 3669 1161 63 33 2 52 860 67 50 1237 119 .311 .390 .541 .934

Awards/Titles

  • MVP: 2006, 2007
  • Best Nine: First Base: 1999, 2001, 2006; Third Base: 2003, 2004, 2007, 2009
  • Golden Glove: First Base: 1999-2002, 2006; Third Base: 2003
  • MVP of the Month: August 2000, August 2001, April 2002, May 2003, July 2004, September 2008, May 2009, March/April 2010
  • Tokyo Dome MVP: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2008
  • Golden Spirit: 2009
  • All-Star Games: 1999-2007, 2009, 2010
  • Leading Hitter: 2002, 2003
  • Most Home Runs: 2006
  • Most RBI: 2006
  • Most Hits: 2000, 2001
  • National Teams: 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, World Baseball Classic 2006 and 2009