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[10/9/2013] Softbank Hawks: Hidenori Tanoue announces retirement

by on Oct.09, 2013 @ 7:52 pm, under NPB
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The Softbank Hawks announced that Hidenori Tanoue (33) is retiring.

The following comment by Tanoue was provided by the organization via the official team website:

To the fans, thank you for your support over the last twelve years. You really helped me out. The Hawks organization picked me up after I left the Dragons and I wanted this team to be my last. I thought it might be best to leave the game now, instead of waiting until I after I can no longer hit the ball. I hit a home run during my last at bat at the Farm Championships on the 6th. It was not an Ichi-gun game, but I stepped into the batter's box thinking it might be my last official at bat. That I was able to hit a home run in front of the younger players will be my lasting memory. Thank you very much.

Source: official announcement

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Softbank Hawks: Hidenori Tanoue will be taken off active roster with possible dislocated shoulder

by on Jul.16, 2011 @ 11:18 am, under NPB
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Hidenori Tanoue may have suffered a left shoulder dislocation during Thursday's game against the Rakuten Eagles and will be taken off the active roster today.  Tanoue had the shoulder examined at a hospital in Chiba yesterday.

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Softbank Hawks New and Notes: January 9, 2011

by on Jan.09, 2011 @ 5:02 pm, under NPB
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Koji Akiyama took off for Guam today.

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Speaking at a Kyushu Kyoritsu University supporters gathering on Saturday, Hidenori Tanoue said that he didn't plan on being friendly with Toru Hosokawa and that he had no intention of losing the starting job to him.

"I don't really feel up to being friendly," so Tanoue.  "I need to beat out Hosokawa in order to get into the games.  If you were to ask me if I think he's a great player, then I'd say not so much.  I've seen him play.  If it's just about throwing, then I'll probably lose, but overall, I think I have him beat."

He added, "I'm frustrated / disappointed that they went out and got [a catcher] even though we took first place.  It's embarrassing. ... I need to improve my fielding and throwing, otherwise it won't be enough.  But I'll also need to hit, otherwise I won't have a chance.  Especially because that's what defines me as a player."

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Nagisa Arakaki is hoping to toss a bullpen session the first day of spring camp.  Arakaki will be taking off for training in Hawaii on the 13th and depending on how his shoulder is feeling, might also be able to toss a bullpen then.  In November, Arakaki was throwing in the bullpen at a pace of about once every other day.

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Hiroshi Shibahara told reporters that his decision to go to arbitration wasn't so much about the money, as it was about not wanting to set a precedent he felt would undermine player rights.  He also felt it was his duty as a veteran player to stand up and make sure younger players didn't get treated the same way.

Shibahara will be moving his workouts to Tokyo on the 10th.

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Hidenori Tanoue has a contusion on his left arm

by on Aug.03, 2010 @ 7:14 pm, under NPB
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Hidenori Tanoue took a batted ball off his left arm on defense during today's Nippon Ham Fighters' game.  He stayed in the game but ended up coming out on defense in the 3rd inning.  According to the Hawks, Tanoue was examined and was diagnosed with a contusion on his left arm.  As of now, he's considered day-to-day.

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