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[10/1/2015] Hanshin Tigers: Ryo Watanabe to retire at the end of the season

by on Oct.02, 2015 @ 10:06 am, under NPB

Ryo Watanabe held a press conference at the team offices in Nishinomiya, Hyogo on October 1 to announce his retirement.

A few notes from various sources:

  • He hurt his shoulder during spring camp in 2013 and had a difficult time throwing the ball. There was not much improvement this year and that is when he started thinking that it might be time to retire.
  • He feels he has done everything he wanted and is satisfied with how much he was able to accomplish, despite having a small frame. He has not regrets.
  • He enjoyed pitching in relief and never really considered being a starter.
  • Memorable moment: recording his first win on August 3, 2007.

Source: official announcement, Sponichi 10/1/2015, Nikkan Sports 10/1/2015, Daily Sports 10/1/2015

[UPDATE 10/27 @ 10:40pm]

Watanabe will be an amateur scout for Hanshin next year.

Source: Sponichi 10/27/2015

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
2007 Hanshin 53 0 0 0 1 1 0 7 .500 246 58.1 53 2 23 1 4 52 3 0 19 16 2.47 1.30
2008 Hanshin 66 0 0 0 5 2 0 23 .714 282 67.1 52 2 28 1 1 60 2 0 24 20 2.67 1.19
2009 Hanshin 46 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 1.000 201 47.2 44 5 17 1 1 34 2 0 19 18 3.40 1.28
2010 Hanshin 61 0 0 0 2 2 0 8 .500 311 74.2 57 4 36 7 2 53 2 0 29 22 2.65 1.25
2011 Hanshin 56 0 0 0 5 1 0 12 .833 216 54.2 39 2 14 3 1 36 1 0 12 12 1.98 0.97
2012 Hanshin 50 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 --- 239 52.1 50 3 31 0 2 33 1 0 18 12 2.06 1.55
2013 Hanshin 15 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 1.000 64 14.1 11 2 10 0 1 8 2 0 6 6 3.77 1.47
2014 Hanshin 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 --- 64 14.0 12 2 11 0 0 7 1 0 10 7 4.50 1.64
  361 0 0 0 15 6 0 60 .714 1623 383.1 318 22 170 13 12 283 14 0 137 113 2.65 1.27