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[10/24/2015] Yomiuri Giants: Ibata to retire and join Takahashi’s coaching staff

by on Oct.24, 2015 @ 9:07 am, under NPB

According to a number of reports filed this morning, Hirokazu Ibata is planning to retire and support former teammate and now Yomiuri manager Yoshinobu Takahashi by joining his coaching staff as an infield/base coach.

Source: Daily Sports 10/24/2015, Chunichi Sports 10/24/2015

[UPDATE @ 5:48pm]

Ibata held a press conference at the team offices today and announced that he was retiring from baseball.

The veteran infielder has known Takahashi since college. They spent a lot of time together when he joined the Giants in 2014. He decided to retire because he never thought he would have a longer career than Takahashi.

Source: official announcementSponichi 10/24/2015, Nikkan Sports 10/24/2015

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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
1998 Chunichi 18 60 49 2 12 1 0 0 13 2 4 0 4 0 6 0 1 8 0 .245 .339 .265 .605
2000 Chunichi 92 270 242 35 74 7 0 3 90 16 6 8 8 2 16 0 2 22 1 .306 .351 .372 .723
2001 Chunichi 140 625 531 53 139 25 3 1 173 32 14 12 37 2 49 2 6 60 10 .262 .330 .326 .656
2002 Chunichi 135 596 531 67 154 25 1 4 193 25 6 9 6 0 53 1 6 77 11 .290 .361 .363 .724
2003 Chunichi 105 447 386 44 103 14 0 5 132 27 5 3 30 1 28 0 2 50 9 .267 .319 .342 .661
2004 Chunichi 138 642 562 81 170 30 2 6 222 57 21 10 18 3 54 0 5 74 16 .302 .367 .395 .762
2005 Chunichi 146 659 560 87 181 22 5 6 231 63 22 8 19 2 72 3 6 77 11 .323 .405 .412 .817
2006 Chunichi 146 666 573 97 162 19 2 8 209 48 17 12 27 1 61 0 4 72 13 .283 .355 .365 .720
2007 Chunichi 144 665 588 87 174 34 4 5 231 45 23 6 8 1 63 1 5 74 13 .296 .368 .393 .761
2008 Chunichi 106 466 408 51 113 16 3 5 150 23 8 3 16 2 37 1 3 56 7 .277 .340 .368 .708
2009 Chunichi 144 657 569 80 174 24 2 5 217 39 13 7 8 2 72 0 6 66 13 .306 .388 .381 .770
2010 Chunichi 53 212 180 18 47 6 0 0 53 16 0 0 6 2 21 1 3 28 13 .261 .345 .294 .639
2011 Chunichi 104 434 376 28 88 9 1 1 102 29 3 3 31 2 25 1 0 53 10 .234 .280 .271 .551
2012 Chunichi 140 553 489 35 139 17 0 2 162 35 4 4 8 1 52 2 3 58 14 .284 .356 .331 .687
2013 Chunichi 100 376 326 30 77 9 0 1 89 18 0 2 8 0 38 0 4 51 13 .236 .323 .273 .596
2014 Yomiuri 87 187 164 16 42 3 0 3 54 16 0 0 4 1 18 0 0 24 11 .256 .328 .329 .657
2015 Yomiuri 98 321 269 20 63 9 0 1 75 19 3 3 10 2 37 0 3 36 4 .234 .331 .279 .610
  1896 7836 6803 831 1912 270 23 56 2396 410 149 90 248 24 702 12 59 886 169 .281 .352 .352 .706

Titles/Awards

  • Best Nine: 2002, 2004-2007
  • Golden Glove: 2004-2009, 2012
  • All-Star Game: 2001, 2002, 2005, 2007-2011
  • Asia Series MVP: 2007
  • WBC Best Nine: 2013
  • National Teams: 2013 World Baseball Classic