Tag: Kazuhiro Wada
by Gen on Sep.19, 2015 @ 6:13 pm, under NPB
Tags: Chunichi Dragons, Full, Kazuhiro Wada, Retirement
Kazuhiro Wada held a press conference at Nagoya Dome earlier today to announce his decision to retire after the season.
A few notes taken from various sources:
- He felt relieved at being able to make the announcement. He felt no confusion about his decision.
- He was a Chunichi fan for as long as he could remember. He dreamt about wearing the uniform. The last eight years were like a dream.
- He really wanted to wear the red and blue uniforms, back when Chunichi played at Nagoya Stadium.
- When he joined Chunichi as a free agent, he knew there was no other team he could have gone too. His plan was to retire if he was ever told he was no longer needed by the team.
- He had knee surgery during the off-season and wondered if he should retire because he struggled with his rehab.
- He felt he might be able to play a little longer, but decided to retire after general manager Hiromitsu Ochiai told him in early September that they were not going to offer him a contract for the 2016 season.
- He has no regrets, but feels he could have put up better results.
- He might take a little break from baseball because it was all he ever did. He does want to give back to the community through baseball. He currently has no plans to coach.
- Memorable moment: recording his 2,000th career hit. He family was also able to enjoy the moment.
Source: official announcement, Daily Sports 9/19/2015, Tokyo Sports 9/19/2015, Nikkan Sports 9/19/2015, Nikkan Sports 9/19/2015
[UPDATE 9/24 @ 11:27pm]
The Dragons held a retirement ceremony for Wada during their game against Hanshin on September 24. He got the start in left, batted fifth, and went 1-for-3: 1B7, Ks, G6. His day ended after his at bat in the 5th. Takashi Toritani and his four children presented him with flowers. Teammates tossed him into the air five times after the game.
Source: Sponichi 9/24/2015, Daily Sports 9/24/2015, Nikkan Sports 9/24/2015
[UPDATE 9/25 @ 6:30pm]
Wada was taken off the active roster on September 25.
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by Gen on Sep.12, 2015 @ 11:53 pm, under NPB
Tags: Chunichi Dragons, Kazuhiro Wada, Orix Buffaloes, Retirement, Yoshitomo Tani
The media has learned that Chunichi's Kazuhiro Wada and Orix's Yoshitomo Tani are planning to retire after the current season ends. Both players are expected to hold press conferences within the next few days to make their decisions official.
Wada briefly told reporters before Saturday's game against Yakult that he was planning to retire and said that he would provide more details at a later date. Earlier this year, the forty-three-year-old veteran collected his 2,000th career hit and later became the third player in NPB history to record at least 1,000 hits in each league, this despite having problems with both knees this season. Wada will become the seventh player in NPB history to retire after the same season in which he topped the 2,000-hit milestone.
There were some reports that Tani might continue to play in 2016 because he is just seventy-three hits short of 2,000, but concerns about his right shoulder and the team's poor performance this season likely made it difficult for him to continue. He has already informed the team of his decision to retire. He could remain in the organization as a coach.
- Wada: ZakZak 9/12/2015, Sponichi 9/12/2015, Sponichi 9/12/2015, Nikkan Sports 9/12/2015, Nikkan Sports 9/12/2015, Sports Hochi 9/12/2015, Daily Sports 9/12/2015
- Tani: Sponichi 9/12/2015, Sponichi 9/12/2015, Sponichi 9/12/2015, Nikkan Sports 9/12/2015, Daily Sports 9/12/2015, ZakZak 9/12/2015, Sports Hochi 9/12/2015
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by Gen on Aug.17, 2015 @ 7:46 am, under NPB
Tags: Chunichi Dragons, Kazuhiro Wada
Kazuhiro Wada recorded his 1,000th hit in the Central League during a game against the Yomiuri Giants on August 16 and joined Katsuo Osugi and Hiromitsu Ochiai as the only players in NPB history to collect 1,000 or more hits in each league. The milestone hit came off Kan Otake in the 4th inning.
Wada also became the fourth player in NPB history to record at least 1,000 hits for two different organizations.
Source: Tokyo Sports 8/16/2015, Nikkan Sports 8/16/2015, Daily Sports 8/16/2015, Sponichi 8/16/2015, Sanspo 8/17/2015
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by Gen on Jun.12, 2015 @ 12:27 am, under NPB
Tags: 2000 Hits, Chunichi Dragons, Kazuhiro Wada
Kazuhiro Wada became the forty-fifth player in NPB history to reach the 2,000-hit milestone when he hit a single to left off Masatomo Uematsu in the 2nd inning of tonight's game against Lotte. At forty-two years and eleven months, he became the oldest player to reach the milestone. He joined Shinya Miyamoto and Atsuya Furuta as the only players in NPB history to reach the milestone after playing baseball at college and with an Industrial League team.
- He reached 2,000 hits in 1,903 games, eighteenth fastest to the milestone overall, and sixth fastest by a right-handed hitter
- He is the eighth player with experience as a catcher to reach 2,000 hits
- He became the first player to reach the milestone with hits in the four trips to the plate leading up to number 2000.
- Through June 11, he had 1,032 hits with Seibu and 969 with Chunichi. Only two players currently have at least 1,000 hits in each league: Katsuo Osugi (CL: 1057, PL: 1171) and Hiromitsu Ochiai (CL: 1275, PL: 1096).
- Of the forty-five players with 2,000 hits, he was the first to reach the milestone without every having recorded enough plate appearance to qualify for a hitting title until he turned thirty, and the only player without 1,000 hits before turning thirty-four.
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by Gen on Sep.14, 2014 @ 2:21 am, under NPB
Tags: Chunichi Dragons, Hanshin Tigers, Hitoki Iwase, Kazuhiro Wada, Nippon Ham Fighters, Orix Buffaloes, Ryosuke Ogata, Ryota Imanari, Softbank Hawks, Yoshio Itoi, Yuya Hasegawa
- Ryota Imanari hurt his right side while swinging the bat during his second at bat in the 4th inning of Friday's game against the Hiroshima Carp. He also ran into Takashi Toritani while chasing after a baseball in the 3rd. He was taken off the active roster on Saturday. Source: Sponichi 9/13/2014 ... Imanari suffered a strain in his right side and will require three to four weeks for a full recovery. Source: Sponichi 9/13/2014
- Ryosuke Ogata hurt his right knee during fielding practice before a Ni-gun intra-squad game at Naruohama on Friday. He was taken to the hospital for tests. Source: Daily Sports 9/13/2014
- Yuya Hasegawa sprained his right ankle during a game against Orix on the 3rd. He is still spending a lot of time as a pinch-hitter because his injury has not yet fully healed. Source: Sports Hochi 9/13/2014
- The Buffaloes used Yoshio Itoi as a bat off the bench during Saturday's game against Nippon Ham out of concern for the left knee he hurt while playing defense on the 9th. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/13/2014
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by Gen on Aug.20, 2014 @ 3:26 am, under NPB
Tags: Chunichi Dragons, Hitoki Iwase, Kazuhiro Wada, Kyohei Muranaka, Tomoyuki Sugano, Yakult Swallows, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yomiuri Giants, Yoshitomo Tsutsugo, Yulieski Gourriel
- Tomoyuki Sugano (right middle finger) could return to the active roster in time to get a start during a three-game series against Yokohama that begins on the 29th at Yokohama. Source: Sanspo 8/19/2014
- Kazuhiro Wada (right wrist) is scheduled to get his third follow-up examination on the 22nd. Source: Sponichi 8/19/2014
- Hitoki Iwase (left elbow) started throwing off the mound on Monday. He threw thirty pitches (including breaking pitches) at almost full strength. He could be ready to play before the end of August. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/19/2014
Yokohama Bay Stars
- There was talk about the possibility of Yoshitomo Tsutsugo (concussion) returning to the active roster on the 24th, but he is still not feeling well and has not been able to resume hitting or fielding practice. He has been doing other things to stay in shape. Source: Sponichi 8/19/2014
- Yulieski Gourriel (left side) could return on the 26th. Source: Sponichi 8/19/2014
- Kyohei Muranaka left Tuesday's game against the Yomiuri Giants after six full. Under normal circumstances, he may have pitched longer, but he tweaked his right shoulder during his at bat in the 3rd and took a batted ball off his right calf in the 6th. Source: Sponichi 8/19/2014
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by Gen on Aug.17, 2014 @ 3:24 am, under NPB
Tags: Anderson Hernandez, Chunichi Dragons, Hiroshima Carp, Kazuhiro Wada, Softbank Hawks, Tadashi Settsu
- Anderson Hernandez left Saturday's game against Yakult on defense in the 4th after he started feeling tightness in his left leg. He was taken to a hospital in Nagoya for an examination. He is considered day-to-day. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/16/2014
- Kazuhiro Wada took soft-toss batting practice at Nagoya Stadium for the third straight day on Friday. He is only able to use his left hand since he still has a cast on his right wrist. Wada suffered a fracture in his right wrist during a game against Hiroshima on the 6th. He resumed workouts on the 13th. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/16/2014
- Tadashi Settsu (right thumb) was taken off the active roster on Saturday. He was able to join the Ichi-gun team for pre-game warm-ups. Source: Sports Hochi 8/16/2014
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by Gen on Aug.08, 2014 @ 12:17 am, under NPB
Tags: Chunichi Dragons, Daiki Enokida, Daisuke Fujimura, Hanshin Tigers, Hitoki Iwase, Kazuhiro Wada, Nobuhiro Matsuda, Softbank Hawks, Yakult Swallows, Yamato, Yomiuri Giants, Yoshinori Sato, Yoshiyuki Kamei
- Yoshiyuki Kamei hurt his left leg while trying to cross the plate in the 6th inning. He was removed on defense after the inning. Daisuke Fujimura hurt his right side when he grounded out to the pitcher during a pinch-hit at bat in the 5th. Both players will be examined on Friday. Source: Sponichi 8/7/2014, Jiji Press 8/8/2014
- Daiki Enokida left Thursday's game with discomfort in his left shoulder. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/7/2014
- Yamato (left side) started taking batting practice against a pitching machine that throws curves on Wednesday. His also included playing catch at a distance of about forty meters and fielding practice. Source: Sponichi 8/7/2014
- If Kazuhiro Wada (right scaphoid bone) needs surgery, he will most likely miss the rest of the season. If he can get by on rehab, he might be able to make it back to the active roster before the end of the season. Source: Sponichi 8/7/2014 ... Wada will not require surgery, but will have to wear a brace for four to six month. He might end up needing close to two months for a full recovery. Source: Sanspo 8/7/2014, Nikkan Sports 8/7/2014
- Hitoki Iwase left Wednesday's game with tightness in his left elbow. He arrived at Nagoya Dome on Thursday after an examination at a hospital in Nagoya. "It wasn't as bad as I thought. I will stay with the Ichi-gun team and see how things go. It just happened yesterday so I haven't done any throwing yet. I will again tomorrow," said Iwase. Source: Sanspo 8/7/2014, Nikkan Sports 8/7/2014
- Yoshinori Sato (right shoulder) started a Ni-gun game against Yomiuri on Wednesday. He pitched five innings and gave up three runs (all earned) on three hits and four walks. He faced twenty-one hitters, threw seventy-four pitches, and struck out two. He also surrendered a two-run home run to Tomoya Inzen in the 1st inning. He got the win, his first since September 3, 2011. Source: Sponichi 8/7/2014
- The brace on Nobuhiro Matsuda's right index finger was removed during an examination at a Fukuoka hospital on the 5th. He should be able to resume throwing in about a week. He could play in his first Ni-gun rehab game in around two weeks. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/7/2014
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by Gen on Aug.06, 2014 @ 11:57 pm, under NPB
Tags: Chunichi Dragons, Kazuhiro Wada
Kazuhiro Wada was hit by a pitch during his at bat in the 7th inning of tonight's game against the Hiroshima Carp. Wada was removed from the game and taken to a hospital in Nagoya for an evaluation. He was diagnosed with a fracture in his right scaphoid bone. No word on how long it might take for a full recovery.
"It's near the right thumb. I'll get it checked out again at another hospital tomorrow and decide what steps to take next," said Wada to reporters after the game.
Source: Sponichi 8/6/2014, Sports Hochi 8/6/2014, Nikkan Sports 8/6/2014
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by Gen on Jul.24, 2014 @ 12:04 am, under NPB
Tags: Chunichi Dragons, Hanshin Tigers, Kazuhiro Wada, Kazuki Yoshimi, Keiichi Hirano, Orix Buffaloes, Ryoma Matsuda, Tsuyoshi Nishioka
- Ryoma Matsuda (right elbow) played in his first Ni-gun intra-squad rehab game on Wednesday. He pitched one inning and retired the side in order. He threw nine pitches, struck out one, and topped out at 146km/h. Source: Sports Hochi 7/23/2014, Nikkan Sports 7/23/2014
- The Tigers took Tsuyoshi Nishioka off the active roster on Wednesday with pain in his back. Nishioka was slated to earn his domestic FA option on the same day. Source: Sponichi 7/23/2014
- Kazuki Yoshimi left Wednesday's game early because of tightness in his elbow. His status moving forward is uncertain at this time. Source: Sports Hochi 7/24/2014
- Kazuhiro Wada missed another game on Wednesday because he is still recovering from an HBP to the left side of the head during a game against Yokohama on the 21st. "There is still some swelling and pain. I feel a little sick when I run," said Wada. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/24/2014
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