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[9/29/2015] Nippon Ham Fighters: Hiroshi Kisanuki decides to retire

by on Sep.29, 2015 @ 4:27 pm, under NPB

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.

Source: official announcement, Nikkan Sports 9/29/2015

[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.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/30/2015, Daily Sports 9/30/2015, Sponichi 9/30/2015

[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.

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
2003 Yomiuri 25 25 7 2 10 7 0 -- .588 736 175.0 168 18 44 3 7 180 6 1 74 65 3.34 1.21
2004 Yomiuri 31 21 2 0 7 8 5 -- .467 643 139.2 168 20 50 3 11 154 1 0 92 78 5.03 1.56
2005 Yomiuri 14 0 0 0 0 1 5 0 .000 56 13.2 13 1 3 0 0 17 0 0 6 6 3.95 1.17
2006 Yomiuri 3 3 0 0 0 3 0 0 .000 54 10.1 24 3 2 0 0 7 0 0 11 11 9.58 2.52
2007 Yomiuri 26 25 0 0 12 9 0 0 .571 613 148.2 144 17 35 3 0 131 1 0 60 51 3.09 1.20
2008 Yomiuri 14 14 1 0 6 5 0 0 .545 318 74.0 87 15 19 0 1 53 3 0 36 34 4.14 1.43
2009 Yomiuri 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 ---- 12 2.2 4 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 3 3 10.13 1.50
2010 Orix 28 28 4 1 10 12 0 0 .455 767 174.1 174 9 71 0 13 140 11 1 85 77 3.98 1.41
2011 Orix 19 12 0 0 2 7 0 0 .222 322 72.1 86 5 22 1 2 60 4 0 42 37 4.60 1.49
2012 Orix 24 21 5 1 5 9 0 0 .357 628 152.1 138 8 42 1 3 96 5 0 47 44 2.60 1.18
2013 Nippon Ham 24 24 2 1 9 8 0 0 .529 620 145.0 141 10 50 1 5 95 8 0 64 59 3.66 1.32
2014 Nippon Ham 5 5 0 0 1 3 0 0 .250 115 26.0 29 1 7 0 0 21 1 0 12 9 3.12 1.38
  214 179 21 5 62 72 10 0 .463 4884 1134.0 1176 109 345 12 42 956 40 2 532 474 3.76 1.34

Awards/Titles

  • Rookie of the Year: 2003
  • MVP of the Month: June 2010
  • All-Star Game: 2003, 2010, 2013