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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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Nippon Ham Fighters News and Notes: December 4, 2010

by on Dec.04, 2010 @ 10:55 pm, under NPB
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Satoshi Nakajima re-signed for 32M yen (no change over last year) on Friday.  2011 will also mark his 5th season as a player / coach and 25th as a player.  Sanspo is carrying comments from his press conference on Friday.  I've translated some of the more interesting parts below:

Katsuya Nomura holds the record for catching until the age of 45...

I'm not thinking about that at all.  I'm just taking things one year at a time.

On your uniform number going from 32 to 27.

It's a number I wanted from before.  It was the number I wore during Orix's first year of existence (1989).  I have good memories [with that number.]

Your thoughts on Yuki Saito?

He has a large variety of pitches and has good control, he's a thinking pitcher.  And since his off-speed pitches have a lot of break, he'll really need to work on the fastball.  It might even be better for him to throw fewer types of pitches and focus on brushing up his fastball.

Any other thoughts on Saito?

He shouldn't think about throwing an x amount of innings in game, but rather maintain a pitch-by-pitch and inning-by-inning mindset.  I think it'll be better for him to come out of the gate strong [instead of conserving his energy].

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Romash Tasuku Dass met with the Nippon Ham Fighters at Kamagaya yesterday and agreed to the offer the team presented him.  Except, they couldn't finalize the deal because Dass forgot his inkan (it's a stamp that is required on pretty much all official documents in Japan).  Dass will meet with the Fighters again on the 16th to finalize the contract with his stamp.

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Hisashi Takeda attended the Mizuno meetings on Friday.  According to Nikkan Sports, there will be no changes / updates to Takeda's equipment.  Takeda also plans on spending his time working out at his usual places like Komazawa University and the Nittsu baseball grounds this winter.

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