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[10/4/2015] Rakuten Eagles: Satoshi Nagai to retire after the season

by on Oct.04, 2015 @ 6:13 pm, under NPB
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The Rakuten Eagles announced today that Satoshi Nagai will be retiring after the season. They are planning to hold a press conference for Nagai on October 5 and a retirement ceremony on October 6.

Source: official announcement, Daily Sports 10/4/2015

[UPDATE 10/5 @ 8:32pm]

Nagai held a press conference at kobo Stadium to announce his decision to retire after the season.

A few notes from various sources:

  • When the team told him they were not going to offer him a contract next season, he thought about playing for another team, but ultimately could not imagine playing away from the Tohoku region. That is when he decided to retire.
  • He also felt he reached his limit when he could no longer help the team win.
  • His velocity was down this year and his pitches were not as good as last year. He felt it might be difficult for him to compete against hitters.
  • Masahiro Tanaka was surprised when he told him he was retiring. He has not yet spoken to Hisashi Iwakuma.
  • He hopes to remain in baseball.

Source: official announcement, Daily Sports 10/5/2015

[UPDATE 10/7 @ 6:58am]

Nagai was added to the active roster on October 6. He pitched in the last game of his career on the same day. He took the mound in the 6th inning against Lotte and struck out the one hitter he faced: Ikuhiro Kiyota. Lotte's Kiyota, Koji Aoyama, Senichi Hoshino, and his family (wife, daughter, and son) presented him with flowers after the game. Teammates tossed him into the air five times.

Source: official announcement, Nikkan Sports 10/6/2015

[UPDATE 12/19 @ 6:34pm]

Nagai accepted as a job as a junior coach for Rakuten Eagles Academy.

Source: official announcement

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[10/1/2015] Hanshin Tigers: Ryo Watanabe to retire at the end of the season

by on Oct.02, 2015 @ 10:06 am, under NPB
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Ryo Watanabe held a press conference at the team offices in Nishinomiya, Hyogo on October 1 to announce his retirement.

A few notes from various sources:

  • He hurt his shoulder during spring camp in 2013 and had a difficult time throwing the ball. There was not much improvement this year and that is when he started thinking that it might be time to retire.
  • He feels he has done everything he wanted and is satisfied with how much he was able to accomplish, despite having a small frame. He has not regrets.
  • He enjoyed pitching in relief and never really considered being a starter.
  • Memorable moment: recording his first win on August 3, 2007.

Source: official announcement, Sponichi 10/1/2015, Nikkan Sports 10/1/2015, Daily Sports 10/1/2015

[UPDATE 10/27 @ 10:40pm]

Watanabe will be an amateur scout for Hanshin next year.

Source: Sponichi 10/27/2015

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[10/1/2015] Nippon Ham Fighters: Satoshi Nakajima’s retirement ceremony

by on Oct.02, 2015 @ 9:35 am, under NPB
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The Nippon Ham Fighters held a retirement ceremony for Satoshi Nakajima after their game against Lotte on October 1.

A few notes from various sources:

  • He was added to the active roster on October 1.
  • A number of former teammates, like Michihiro Ogasawara, Shinya Tsuruoka, and Atsunori Inaba, sent him messages and flowers.
  • He has no regrets and feels he was able to play until he had nothing left.
  • He decided last year that this would be his last season.
  • He made it into the game as a defensive replacement at catcher in the top of the 9th inning.
  • Shota Ono presented him with flowers. Hisashi Yamada and Micheal Nakamura were special guests at the retirement ceremony.
  • He was tossed into the air by teammates three times.
  • Memorable moment: winning pennants, like with Orix in 1995 and Nippon Ham in 2006.

Source: official announcement, Sports Hochi 10/1/2015, Sponichi 10/1/2015, Daily Sports 10/1/2015, Daily Sports 10/1/2015, Nikkan Sports 10/1/2015, Nikkan Sports 10/1/2015

[UPDATE 11/1 @ 9:51am]

Nakajima will be working in the front office, directly under the general manager. He will help the team during spring camp in Arizona and will then remain in the United States working with the San Diego Padres. He will also be checking on talent.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/31/2015

[UPDATE 11/2 @ 9:21pm]

The Fighters held a press conference on November 2 to formally announce Nakajima 's retirement and his addition to the front office as a special assistant to the general manager. His first assignment will be to learn more about MLB operations by spending time as a visiting coach with the San Diego Padres next year.

Source: official announcement

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[9/30/2015] Chunichi Dragons: Masahiro Yamamoto holds press conference to announce retirement

by on Sep.30, 2015 @ 9:09 pm, under NPB
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Masahiro Yamamoto held a press conference in Nagoya earlier today and once again announced that he was going to retire at the end of the season.

A few notes from various sources:

  • His decision has not yet fully sunken in, but he feels somewhat relieved because it was a big decision.
  • He met general manager Hiromitsu Ochiai in early September and was told to figure out what he wanted to do. He thought things through for about a month. He feels he made a good decision.
  • He has been asked about not being able to break the world record for oldest pitcher to win a game. The way he sees it, retirement would not be a question if the record was not hanging in the balance. He does not think he should continue pitching just to break the record.
  • He had a really hard time with his decision to retire. He knew the team had to undergo changes after three consecutive B-class finishes and did not want to get in the way of that, but he also wanted to win another game. He had the chance to do it this year, but failed. He knew he had to draw the line somewhere and decided this would be his last year.
  • He thinks his career really started when he spent some time in the Dodgers organization in 1988 and worked with Akihiro "Ike" Ikuhara.
  • There are times he feels satisfied with his career, and other times he wishes he could have kept going a little longer. There were a lot of things he wishes he could have done over his career, but he has no regrets because he feels he always tried his best.
  • He wishes he could have been in the dugout when the team won the Nippon Series in 2007.
  • He feels lucky because he was able to play baseball with the same kind of feelings he had from childhood until he turned fifty.
  • He thinks his best years may have been 1993 and 1994, based on how strong he felt and how well his body moved. In terms of skill, he feels he might be at his best right now.
  • He would like to take the mound one more time, even if it is to face just one batter.
  • "It feels like I just woke up from a long dream. It's a shame. Maybe I should go back to sleep. I don't know how many people have wanted to become a baseball player, but I was allowed to play for the longest. My career was like a miracle. I may have had the happiest career in baseball."
  • Memorable moment: the no-hitter he threw on September 16, 2006.
  • He is interested in coaching, but he feels he has a lot to learn outside of just knowing how to throw the ball.
  • He plans to work as a baseball commentator after he retires. He also wants to get back into RC racing.

Source: official announcement, Sponichi 9/30/2015, Daily Sports 9/30/2015, Nikkan Sports 9/30/2015, The Page 9/30/2015

See also: [9/26/2015] Chunichi Dragons: Masahiro Yamamoto to retire after the season

Yamamoto joined Ichi-gun practices at Nagoya Dome on September 30. He might get the chance to pitch in the two-game Hiroshima series that begins on October 1.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/30/2015

[UPDATE 10/8 @ 10:02am]

Yamamoto was added to the active roster on October 7. He started the last game of his career on the last day of the season. He took the mound against Hiroshima and faced one hitter: he got Yoshihiro Maru to ground out to second on three pitches. At fifty years and one month, he set a new NPB record for oldest player to appear in a game, pitch in a game, and start a game. Takahiro Arai and his wife presented him with flowers. He was tossed into the air seven times by teammates in the bullpen.

Source: Sanspo 10/8/2015, Sponichi 10/7/2015, Nikkan Sports 10/7/2015, Daily Sports 10/7/2015, Sports Hochi 10/7/2015

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[9/30/2015] Hanshin Tigers: Kentaro Sekimoto announces his decision to retire

by on Sep.30, 2015 @ 8:07 pm, under NPB
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Kentaro Sekimoto held a press conference at the team office in Nishinomiya, Hyogo earlier today to formally announce his decision to retire at the end of the year.

A few notes from various sources:

  • He felt he had a pretty good career, considering his abilities.
  • He started thinking this might be his last year after he got hurt for a second time this year.
  • He got into baseball as a kid because he loved it. He did not want to stick around until he could not hit anymore and started to hate baseball. He wanted to quit on his own terms.
  • There are a lot of things he wishes could have been, particularly winning a Nippon Series.
  • He was confident when he first joined the team and thought he would easily make it. He remembers being surprised (and humbled) when it took him three years to make it to Ichi-gun.
  • He feels he was able to have a long career because he learned how to adjust his expectations and goals.
  • He did not particularly enjoy with responsibilities that came with being the team's top bat off the bench. There were times he wished the team would win before his turn came around.
  • He was so focused on his at bats that he would not hear the cheers until after he stepped on first base on a hit.
  • Memorable moment: striking out against Daisuke Miura in his first trip to the plate.
  • A retirement ceremony will take place after a game against Hiroshima on October 4.

Source: official announcement, official announcement (retirement ceremony), Daily Sports 9/30/2015, Daily Sports 9/30/2015, Sponichi 9/30/2015, Nikkan Sports 9/30/2015

[UPDATE 10/5 @ 9:41am]

Sekimoto played in his last game on October 4. He entered the game against Hiroshima as a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the 8th and grounded out to the pitcher. He remained in the game as the third base man in the top of the 9th. The Tigers held a retirement ceremony for the veteran after the game. Takahiro Arai, Takashi Toritani, and his two sons presented him with flowers. Teammates tossed him into the air three times.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/4/2015, Daily Sports 10/4/2015, Daily Sports 10/4/2015Sponichi 10/4/2015

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[9/29/2015] Nippon Ham Fighters: Hiroshi Kisanuki decides to retire

by on Sep.29, 2015 @ 4:27 pm, under NPB
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The Nippon Ham Fighters announced today that Hiroshi Kisanuki will be retiring after the season. The provided the following statement from Kisanuki:

I was only with the Fighters for three short years, but I have received warm cheers and I am grateful to the fans. The thing I remember the most is getting hit hard during my first professional outing with Yomiuri and then coming to the Fighters and getting my first hero interview. I don't think I'll ever forget what I saw when stepped up for my first hero interview. Thank you for thirteen years.

A retirement ceremony will be held after the Lotte game at Sapporo Dome on September 30.

Source: official announcement, Nikkan Sports 9/29/2015

[UPDATE 9/30 @ 7:26pm]

The Fighters held a press conference for Kisanuki at the team office in Sapporo on September 30.

Kisanuki was added to the active roster today.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/30/2015, Daily Sports 9/30/2015, Sponichi 9/30/2015

[UPDATE 9/30 @ 11:59pm]

Kisanuki made it into the game against Lotte on September 30. He entered the game in the 5th and tossed a perfect inning in relief. He struck out Alfredo Despaigne and Tadahito Iguchi to start the inning and got Luis Cruz to ground out to second to end the inning. His two daughters, Yuji Iiyama, and Kenji Yano presented him with flowers. He was tossed into the air three times.

Source: Sponichi 9/30/2015

[UPDATE 10/1 @ 4:26am]

Kisanuki could get a job in the Yomiuri organization.

Source: Sanspo 9/30/2015

[UPDATE 10/1 @ 5:34pm]

Kisanuki was taken off the active roster on October 1.

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[9/26/2015] Chunichi Dragons: Masahiro Yamamoto to retire after the season

by on Sep.26, 2015 @ 10:00 am, under NPB
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According to numerous reports this morning, fifty-year-old Masahiro Yamamoto has decided to retire after the season. Yamamoto met team owner Bungo Shirai at the Chunichi Shimbun offices in Nagoya for about an hour on September 25. The two discussed the veterans decision to retire and his possible future with the team as coach in the future. The Dragons are planning to hold a retirement ceremony during an exhibition game next year.

Yamamoto posted the following note to his personal website on September 25:

I have decided to take my uniform off [for the last time] after the season. I was struggling with my decision after getting hurt during an outing in August, but when I attended the final home game of the season yesterday, I saw with my own eyes, a Dragons team that was trying to get younger, and that's when I strongly felt that I should not stay. General manager [Hiromitsu] Ochiai told me it was up to me, but this was not about continuing or retiring. I now understand this to be about making this decision for myself because no one was going to tell me to retire. I am disappointed that I could not meet your expectations for breaking [Jamie] Moyer's MLB record for oldest player to record a win, or for pitching after turning fifty, but I made the decision and I now feel relieved. I informed owner Bungo Shirai today. I have not provided a lot of updates lately, but for everyone that has followed this site since it opened eighteen years ago, I posted this because I wanted to give you the early heads up. Without support from you, the fans, I never would have made it thirty-two years. I am grateful, that is all I can say. I don't think I could have had a better career, even if I had to do it over again. With regards to how I came to this decision, I might give it to you in an essay [update]. Thank you for being with me all these years.

Source: Daily Sports 9/26/2015, Daily Sports 9/26/2015, Daily Sports 9/26/2015, Nikkan Sports 9/26/2015, Nikkan Sports 9/26/2015, Sports Hochi 9/26/2015

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[9/25/2015] Orix Buffaloes: Keiichi Hirano announces retirement

by on Sep.26, 2015 @ 12:55 am, under NPB
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Keiichi Hirano held a press conference at Kyocera Dome on September 25 to announce that he was going to retire at the end of the season.

A few notes taken from various sources:

  • He felt it would be time to quit when he no longer felt confident on the field.
  • He thought he reached his limit, physically.
  • He does not remember exactly when he made the decision to retire.
  • He has no regrets because he believes he was always giving it his absolute best.
  • Memorable moments: the happy look on his parents' faces when he made it to the NPB and the time he made his comeback from serious injuries he suffered when he crashed into a wall while chasing down a foul ball in 2006.
  • The Buffaloes are planning to a retirement ceremony for him on November 23.

Source: official announcement, Sponichi 9/25/2015, Sports Hochi 9/25/2015, Nikkan Sports 9/25/2015, Daily Sports 9/25/2015

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