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[9/27/2014] Nippon Ham Fighters: Makoto Kaneko to retire after the season

by on Sep.27, 2014 @ 5:43 pm, under NPB
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Makoto Kaneko held a press conference at Sapporo Dome today to announce his decision to retire after the current season. Retirement ceremonies/events will be held on September 29 and October 1.

"I have no regrets," said Kaneko. "I love baseball players so I do feel sad about retiring, but I have no regrets over the things I've done during my twenty-one year career."


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[9/25/2014] Chunichi Dragons: Mise, Kobayashi, and Suzuki to retire after the season

by on Sep.25, 2014 @ 9:56 pm, under NPB
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The Chunichi Dragons announced today that pitchers Koji Mise (38), Masato Kobayashi (34), and Yoshihiro Suzuki (31) will be retiring at the end of the season. A press conference will be held on Friday.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/25/2014, Sponichi 9/25/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/25/2014

[9/11/2014] Chiba Lotte Marines: Tomoya Satozaki to retire after the season

by on Sep.11, 2014 @ 10:30 am, under NPB
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According to Nikkan Sports, thirty-eight-year-old Tomoya Satozaki is planning to retire after the season because of left knee problems. The Chiba Lotte Marines have already been notified. A press conference will likely be held on Friday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/11/2014

[UPDATE @ 1:14pm]

The Marines posted an announcement on their web site. They also posted the following statement from Satozaki:

I have decided to retire at the end of the season. I won two Nippon Series championships with the Marines and a WBC championship. In looking back at my baseball career, I feel very satisfied. I have no regrets. I was able to have this wonderful career because of the loyal fans, the people involved, and everyone else that gave me support. I am full of gratitude. Thank you for the sixteen years.

Source: official announcement

[8/22/2014] Masao Kida to retire at the end of the season

by on Aug.23, 2014 @ 12:59 am, under NPB
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The media learned on Friday that forty-five-year-old pitcher Masao Kida is planning to retire at the end of the season.

Kida began his professional career as the Yomiuri Giants' first round draft pick in 1986.  He was later traded to the Orix BlueWave in 1998.  He exercised his FA option after the 1998 season and headed to the United States where he signed with the Detroit Tigers.

Kida returned to Orix partway through the 2000 season and was released after the 2001 season.  He spent the following year rehabbing his lower back.  In 2003, he signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers and moved on to the Seattle Mariners in 2004, before returning to Japan and signing with the Yakult Swallows.  He spent four years with the Swallows and played out the final three years of his professional career with the Nippon Ham Fighters.

In 2013, Kida signed with the Ishikawa Million Stars out of the BC League and paced the league with fifty-two appearances.  He added General Manager to his job title before the 2014 season.

Kida made the All-Star series twice in his career (1990, 2006).  He won an MVP of the Month in April 1990 and a Tokyo Dome MVP in 1995.  He picked up one pitching major pitching title during his career -- he led the Central League in strikeouts with 182 in 1990.  He finished out his career 73-82 with fifty saves and a 3.91 ERA in 516 games (1,269.2 innings).

[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

[10/5/2013] Chunichi Dragons: Takeshi Yamasaki’s retirement ceremony

by on Oct.05, 2013 @ 11:28 pm, under NPB
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The Chunichi Dragons held a retirement ceremony for Takeshi Yamasaki after tonight's game against the Yokohama Bay Stars at Nagoya Dome.

His retirement speech, as posted by Nikkan Sports:

First, I want to thank the Chunichi Dragons organization, Morimichi Takagi, and my teammates for giving me these ceremony.

My last day as a professional baseball player has finally arrived.  Before the start of today's game, I felt I could still keep playing.  But having the opportunity to play a full game today, I can honestly say that I am exhausted.  I feel I gained closure by playing today.  I am now ok with retiring.  Thank you.

I joined the Chunichi Dragons when I was eighteen.  For nine years I toiled at the bottom.  Things started to turn around a little in my tenth year.  But it was a rocky time.  I played for three organizations and was let go twice.  A lot of things have happened, but I feel it was your cheering that allowed me to make it here today.  Thank you.

Two major events happened during my career.  The first was returning to the Dragons after ten years and being able to continue my career here.

The other was the Tohoku earthquake that took place two and a half years ago.  I was with the Rakuten Eagles at the time.  Survivors of the disaster taught me about living and never giving up.  I would like to take this moment to thank the people of Tohoku.  Thank you.

And the Dragons unfortunately finished without a spot in the playoffs for the first time in twelve years.  We let the fans down and I feel really bad about that.  But I think my teammates here, they will practice hard during the fall and figure out what went wrong this year.  They will return strong.  Please look forward to that.

To the Dragons' players, please play for as long as you can.  Masahiro Yamamoto is a teammate on the Dragons.  I did not want to lose out to him, but I did.  I hope all my younger teammates will look to him as someone they should strive to become and ultimately surpass.  I am cheering for you.

Finally, I want to thank my parents for giving me this strong body that allowed me to play for twenty-seven years without any major injuries.  To my family and to those that have been a part of my life, thank very much.  The next stage of my life begins tomorrow.  I would like to do what I can to help give back to the Dragons and to pro baseball.

Thank you for today.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/5/2013

A few other notes:

  • Yamasaki's eldest son, Daiki, threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
  • Yamasaki got the start at first and batted fourth.
  • He went 1-for-5: F7, 1B8, F7, F9, Ks.
  • He was tossed into the air seven times.

Source: Daily Sports 10/5/2013, Sponichi 10/5/2013

[10/5/2013] Hanshin Tigers: Shinjiro Hiyama’s retirement ceremony

by on Oct.05, 2013 @ 11:03 pm, under NPB
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The Hanshin Tigers held a retirement ceremony for Shinjiro Hiyama after tonight's game against the Yomiuri Giants at Koshien.

His speech, a posted by Daily Sports:

First, I would like to thank the Hanshin organization for organization this ceremony for me, Shinjiro Hiyama.  Thank you very much.

I also want to thank the Giants' organization and the Giants' fans.

May 30, 1992 was the day I wore the Tigers uniform and made my debut at Koshien.  I struck out.

In looking back, I followed after my brother as I was growing up.  I owe my parents for giving me the strong body that has allowed me to play baseball for such a long time.  And my family was always there to cheer me up.  Thank you.

These twenty-two years, through good and bad times, you have warmly cheered for me.  When my name was announced as a pinch-hitter, your warm cheers made it seem like the ground was trembling.  You gave so much courage.  I will never forget it.

I was able to experience two league pennants with all of you.  But the Nippon Series championship has remained elusive.  We will capture it someday.  And when we do, let us all do it together.

I am a very lucky man.  Thank you for these twenty-two years.

Source: Daily Sports 10/5/2013

A few other notes:

  • The game was shown on a big screen at Shochiku Geino's Dotonbori Kadoza Hiroba.
  • Hiyama's two sons participated in the ceremonial first pitch -- the eldest, Shusei, was the pitcher and the second son, Soshu, was the catcher.
  • Hiyama got the start in right and batted fifth.  He made the starting line-up for the first time since May 27, 2012 (vs Seibu).
  • Hiyama went 0-for-3 before he was replaced on defense in the 8th inning: F7, F9, G3.
  • Yomiuri Giant Shinnosuke Abe, teammates Takashi Toritani, Kentaro Sekimoto, and his two sons presented him with flowers.
  • He was tossed into the air eight times.

Source: Kadoza Hiroba announcement, Daily Sports 10/5/2013, Sponichi 10/5/2013, Daily Sports 10/5/2013

[10/5/2013] Nippon Ham Fighters: Manabu Iwadate to retire at the end of the season

by on Oct.05, 2013 @ 3:45 pm, under NPB
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Manabu Iwadate (32) held a press conference at Sapporo Dome today to announce his retirement at the end of the season.

Some quotes provided by the Fighters:

I met a lot of people over the last ten years.  I want to thank everyone that gave me warm cheers, even though I am a not a flashy player.

The moment we won the pennant last year and tossed [Hideki] Kuriyama into the air, I felt as though everything I worked on reached the end.

My love for Hokkaido grew.  I cannot imagine wearing another uniform.  I told the manager I wanted to retire because I would not do anything to help him this year.

I am not sure what I am going to do next, but I want to do what I can to help give back to the game.

Source: official announcement