The Nippon Ham Fighters announced today that Hiroshi Kisanuki will be retiring after the season. The provided the following statement from Kisanuki:
I was only with the Fighters for three short years, but I have received warm cheers and I am grateful to the fans. The thing I remember the most is getting hit hard during my first professional outing with Yomiuri and then coming to the Fighters and getting my first hero interview. I don't think I'll ever forget what I saw when stepped up for my first hero interview. Thank you for thirteen years.
A retirement ceremony will be held after the Lotte game at Sapporo Dome on September 30.
[UPDATE 9/30 @ 7:26pm]
The Fighters held a press conference for Kisanuki at the team office in Sapporo on September 30.
Kisanuki was added to the active roster today.
[UPDATE 9/30 @ 11:59pm]
Kisanuki made it into the game against Lotte on September 30. He entered the game in the 5th and tossed a perfect inning in relief. He struck out Alfredo Despaigne and Tadahito Iguchi to start the inning and got Luis Cruz to ground out to second to end the inning. His two daughters, Yuji Iiyama, and Kenji Yano presented him with flowers. He was tossed into the air three times.
Source: Sponichi 9/30/2015
[UPDATE 10/1 @ 4:26am]
Kisanuki could get a job in the Yomiuri organization.
Source: Sanspo 9/30/2015
[UPDATE 10/1 @ 5:34pm]
Kisanuki was taken off the active roster on October 1.
- Rookie of the Year: 2003
- MVP of the Month: June 2010
- All-Star Game: 2003, 2010, 2013