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[10/8/2015] Hiroshima Carp: Akihiro Higashide to retire

by on Oct.08, 2015 @ 11:41 pm, under NPB

The Hiroshima Carp announced that they accepted player/Ni-gun hitting coach Akihiro Higashide's decision to retire. A press conference will be held in Hiroshima in the near future.

The thirty-five-year-old infielder suffered a serious injury to his left knee while sliding into home plate during an spring camp intra-squad game in 2013 and never managed to make it back to Ichi-gun. He added Ni-gun hitting coach to his title when he accepted the position last October.

Source: Chunichi Sports 10/8/2015, Daily Sports 10/8/2015, Daily Sports 10/8/2015

[UPDATE 10/10 @ 10:44pm]

Higashide held a press conference at the team offices in Minami-ku, Hiroshima earlier today.

Notes taken from various sources:

  • He felt he did okay over the first fourteen years of his career. The last three, not so much.
  • He made it into baseball because of his speed. He had decided to quit once his legs stopped working for him.
  • He considered retiring after his leg injury during spring camp in 2013.
  • He does not feel sad about the decision.
  • Most of his memories are not positive: he remembers feeling like he would never make it professionally, not having the confidence to play in Ichi-gun games, and the taunts he heard after making mistakes. He does remember feeling happy when he could tell his skills were improving.
  • He is proud of how he was able to actively approach older players around him for advice.
  • He wishes (half-jokingly) he had a chance to pitch.
  • Working as a coach this year, his main message to younger players was to enjoy and value the process, and to work through issues as they came up.
  • He could remain in the organization as a coach.

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

[UPDATE 10/11 @ 9:15pm]

The Carp are planning to hold a retirement ceremony for Higashide during fan appreciation day in November.

Source: Daily Sports 10/11/2015

Career Stats

Year Team G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI SB CS SH SF BB IBB HBP SO DP AVG OBP SLG OPS
1999 Hiroshima 78 267 233 25 53 5 1 0 60 7 8 2 18 1 14 0 1 34 5 .227 .273 .258 .531
2000 Hiroshima 119 485 429 62 112 18 2 3 143 28 17 6 22 3 29 0 2 87 7 .261 .309 .333 .642
2001 Hiroshima 140 637 545 82 143 22 5 5 190 35 26 9 49 4 35 0 4 84 8 .262 .310 .349 .658
2002 Hiroshima 107 437 377 41 90 7 1 1 102 17 12 8 35 2 20 0 3 44 5 .239 .281 .271 .552
2003 Hiroshima 47 92 82 8 12 0 0 0 12 1 3 0 6 0 4 0 0 11 3 .146 .186 .146 .332
2004 Hiroshima 76 85 75 17 18 0 1 1 23 3 5 1 5 0 4 0 1 18 1 .240 .288 .307 .594
2005 Hiroshima 39 75 67 8 14 2 0 1 19 3 2 3 3 0 5 0 0 16 2 .209 .264 .284 .547
2006 Hiroshima 138 550 504 57 142 10 1 0 154 23 11 18 14 2 27 0 3 60 7 .282 .321 .306 .626
2007 Hiroshima 132 516 458 57 123 12 0 0 135 15 13 4 22 2 33 1 1 55 3 .269 .318 .295 .613
2008 Hiroshima 138 576 522 76 162 12 1 0 176 31 13 8 24 4 24 1 2 63 1 .310 .341 .337 .678
2009 Hiroshima 142 625 558 71 164 16 8 0 196 26 14 7 19 3 44 3 1 39 5 .294 .345 .351 .696
2010 Hiroshima 108 492 454 53 121 15 7 1 153 40 10 7 10 1 26 0 1 55 4 .267 .307 .337 .644
2011 Hiroshima 137 601 543 60 151 17 3 0 174 27 8 6 18 2 35 0 3 71 7 .278 .324 .320 .645
2012 Hiroshima 91 282 247 15 61 8 0 0 69 6 1 2 19 0 13 0 3 22 3 .247 .293 .279 .572
  1492 5720 5094 632 1366 144 30 12 1606 262 143 81 264 24 313 5 25 659 61 .268 .312 .315 .627

Titles/Awards

  • Best Nine: 2008, 2009
  • All-Star Game: 2006, 2008-2010