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[9/23/2015] Seibu Lions: Fumiya Nishiguchi announces retirement

by on Sep.23, 2015 @ 7:16 pm, under NPB

Fumiya Nishiguchi held a press conference at the Seibu Lions' team offices in Tokorozawa, Saitama today to announce his decision to retire after the season.

A few notes taken from various sources:

  • Baseball was tough sport, but he still managed to enjoy pitching.
  • He struggled at Ichi-gun the last few years. He was prepared to retire around the summer and made his final decision in September.
  • When he spoke to team officials during the past winter, he said he wanted to try one more year and would quit if things didn't turn out well.
  • He never thought about extending his career by becoming a reliever because he considers himself a starter.
  • Spent his entire career in the Seibu organization because he like the facilities and felt comfortable there.
  • He is ready to pitch at Ichi-gun this season, if called.
  • There were three people he owes his career to: former manager Osamu Higashio, former pitching coach Shigekazu Mori, and former catcher Tsutomu Ito.
  • He wishes he could have completed at least one of the three failed no-hitters he tossed during his career (he carried two no-hitters into the 9th with two out and lost a perfect game in the 10th inning). At the time, he made himself feel better by saying that it was good he did not waste his luck on the no-hitters. Now he feels it might be okay if the fans enjoyed the games. But all the same, he still wishes he could have completed at least one.
  • He also wishes he could have recorded a victory during the Nippon Series.
  • He does not regret ending his career eighteen wins shy of 200.
  • He has not had a chance to think about what he wants to do after that baseball yet.
  • A game he cannot forget: a game against Orix at Green Stadium Kobe on April 14, 1996. He gave up a walk-off home run to Troy Neel in the 11th inning. He threw 177 pitches that game.

Source: official announcement, ZakZak 9/23/2015, Nikkan Sports 9/23/2015, Sports Hochi 9/23/2015, Daily Sports 9/23/2015, Sponichi 9/23/2015, Sanspo 9/23/2015

[UPDATE 9/28 @ 10:52pm]

Nishiguchi was added to the active roster on September 28. He made his last career appearance against Lotte at Seibu Dome on the same day. He entered the game in the 5th with none on and two out with Seibu down by a run. He walked the one hitter he faced. After the game, teammates tossed him into the air thirteen times.

Source: Sponichi 9/28/2015

[UPDATE 9/29 @ 5:33pm]

Nishiguchi was taken off the active roster on September 29.

[UPDATE 10/2 @ 9:30pm]

The Lions are thinking about offering Nishiguchi a job in the front office.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/2/2015Nikkan Sports 10/2/2015

[UPDATE 10/28 @ 4:34pm]

The Lions announced on October 28 that Fumiguchi will be joining the front office. He will be checking games and practice methods in Taiwan, China, Australia, and the Japanese Independent Leagues. His main focus will be to expand his knowledge of baseball.

Source: official announcement

Last hitter:

Seibu posted a YouTube video of parts of his press conference:

Career Stats

Year Team G GS CG ShO W L Sv H WPCT BF IP H HR BB IBB HBP SO WP BK R ER ERA WHIP
1995 Seibu 9 4 1 1 2 0 0 -- 1.000 183 45.1 43 2 10 1 0 34 0 0 15 10 1.99 1.18
1996 Seibu 31 27 13 2 16 10 1 -- .615 849 210.1 172 21 74 1 2 173 4 0 77 74 3.17 1.18
1997 Seibu 32 26 10 0 15 5 1 -- .750 871 207.2 187 20 68 3 5 192 1 0 85 72 3.12 1.25
1998 Seibu 33 25 8 5 13 12 4 -- .520 757 181.0 160 16 73 0 4 148 1 1 80 68 3.38 1.31
1999 Seibu 29 27 7 3 14 10 0 -- .583 732 179.1 141 20 55 2 3 141 3 0 72 68 3.41 1.11
2000 Seibu 24 20 4 2 11 5 0 -- .688 618 145.2 136 22 59 0 3 131 2 0 62 61 3.77 1.36
2001 Seibu 28 28 1 0 14 9 0 -- .609 730 165.1 156 18 85 0 6 143 6 0 85 80 4.35 1.50
2002 Seibu 29 29 3 2 15 10 0 -- .600 753 182.0 166 25 51 1 5 180 3 1 76 71 3.51 1.22
2003 Seibu 14 14 0 0 6 3 0 -- .667 349 76.1 85 19 31 1 3 69 1 0 60 58 6.84 1.56
2004 Seibu 21 21 0 0 10 5 0 -- .667 506 117.1 97 19 56 1 4 112 4 0 50 42 3.22 1.34
2005 Seibu 25 25 3 1 17 5 0 0 .773 701 172.0 157 13 34 0 9 137 5 0 55 53 2.77 1.16
2006 Seibu 26 26 2 0 9 9 0 0 .500 767 177.1 175 22 65 2 9 154 0 0 76 70 3.55 1.41
2007 Seibu 25 25 0 0 9 11 0 0 .450 648 153.2 149 18 44 1 6 103 2 0 78 73 4.28 1.30
2008 Seibu 22 21 0 0 8 6 0 0 .571 517 116.1 125 18 48 2 4 92 5 0 69 65 5.03 1.52
2009 Seibu 25 16 0 0 4 4 0 3 .500 423 93.1 110 14 38 2 4 60 3 0 55 53 5.11 1.59
2010 Seibu 13 12 0 0 3 2 0 0 .600 261 57.1 65 8 27 0 2 43 0 0 36 35 5.49 1.61
2011 Seibu 22 22 2 1 11 7 0 0 .611 566 140.0 104 5 41 1 8 104 2 1 44 40 2.57 1.04
2012 Seibu 14 14 0 0 5 2 0 0 .714 347 81.2 77 4 29 0 1 44 2 0 35 34 3.75 1.30
2013 Seibu 4 4 0 0 0 2 0 0 .000 58 10.2 18 2 9 0 0 7 0 0 10 10 8.44 2.53
2014 Seibu 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 51 11 10 3 8 0 3 11 1 0 10 6 4.91 1.64
  434 386 54 17 182 117 6 3 .609 10687 2523.2 2333 289 905 18 81 2078 45 3 1130 1043 3.72 1.28

Awards/Titles

  • MVP: 1997
  • Best Nine: 1997, 1998
  • Golden Glove: 1997, 1998, 2002
  • Sawamura: 1997
  • MVP of the Month: May 1996, August 1998, August 2002, July 2005, April 2007
  • All-Star Games: 1996, 1997, 1999, 2005
  • Most Wins: 1997, 1998
  • Most Strikeouts: 1997, 1998