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[9/16/2015] Orix Buffaloes: Yoshitomo Tani announces decision to retire after the season

by on Sep.17, 2015 @ 5:27 am, under NPB
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Yoshitomo Tani held a press conference at Kyocera Dome on September 16 and announced his decision to retire after the season. A retirement ceremony has been scheduled for October 3.

A few notes taken from various sources:

  • He made the decision to retire in late-August.
  • His wife, Ryoko Tani, was supportive. He wishes his children could have seen him play more.
  • He spent the last two years away from his family. He hopes to spend more time with his children. They are into ice hockey, baseball, and soccer.
  • He is not disappointed about falling short of 2,000 hits. He used the milestsone more for motivation.
  • He has no regrets and is grateful for his nineteen-year career.
  • He is happy about being able to retire in an Orix uniform.
  • He would like to remain in baseball. Orix has offered him a coaching job next year. He put his decision on hold for the time being.
  • Most memorable most: his first career hit on May 25, 1997 -- a double off Lotte's Yasuhiko Yabuta.

Source: official announcement, retirement ceremony information, Sports Hochi 9/16/2015, Sports Hochi 9/16/2015, Sponichi 9/16/2015, Daily Sports 9/16/2015, Nikkan Sports 9/16/2015

[UPDATE 10/4 @ 10:51am]

Tani was added to the active roster on October 3 for his retirement game against Softbank on the same day. He entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the 7th inning with a runner on first and one out. He collected a single to right. He remained in the game as the left fielder for one out in the top of the 8th and was then replaced. Takahiro Okada and his family (wife and two sons) presented him with flowers on the field. Teammates tossed him into the air ten times after the game.

Source: Daily Sports 10/3/2015, Sponichi 10/3/2015, Sanspo 10/4/2015

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[9/12/2015] Chunichi’s Wada and Orix’s Tani to retire after the season

by on Sep.12, 2015 @ 11:53 pm, under NPB
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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.

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[10/20/2014] Free Agents and Rumors: Chun-Lin Kuo, Wily Mo Pena (Orix)

by on Oct.21, 2014 @ 10:06 am, under NPB
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Seibu Lions

Softbank Hawks

Orix Buffaloes

  • Chihiro Kaneko told reporters that he had not thought about his FA option yet. He was more concerned about representing Japan at the Suzuki MLB All-Star Series in November. Source: Sports Hochi 10/20/2014 ... The Buffaloes are willing to do their best to match whatever requests Kaneko might have. Source: Sports Hochi 10/21/2014
  • The Buffaloes are planning to offer Yoshitomo Tani a contract for the 2015 season. Tani is seventy-seven hits away from 2,000. The organization is ready to begin negotiations with Kaneko, Yoshihisa Hirano, Takahiro Mahara, and Tomotaka Sakaguchi. Source: Sports Hochi 10/20/2014 ... The Buffaloes are okay with the four players exercising their FA options before deciding to stay. They also plan to be as flexible as possible with regards to requests they might have. Source: Daily Sports 10/21/2014, Sponichi 10/21/2014
  • Team official Ryuzo Setoyama on how negotiations are going with Wily Mo Pena: "They're seeking a contract for a top-level foreign player, but Pena did not really perform to expectations beginning in September. I think negotiations will not go the way they'd like them to go." Source: Daily Sports 10/20/2014 ... Pena could be seeking a multi-year deal worth over 200 million yen a year. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/21/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Luis Mendoza and Michael Crotta will most likely return next year. Juan Miranda is a question mark. Source: Daily Sports 10/21/2014 ... Nippon Ham will reportedly part ways with Miranda and Anthony Carter. Mendoza is in the middle of a two-year deal and the Fighters hold an option on Crotta for the 2015 season. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/21/2014
  • Nippon Ham would like Naoki Miyanishi to stay and might be willing to go three years on a contract depending on negotiations. Source: Daily Sports 10/21/2014 ... Miyanishi thinks staying with the Fighters might be his best option, but is fifty-fifty on the decision. Source: Sponichi 10/21/2014
  • Kensuke Tanaka is on the radar. Source: Sponichi 10/21/2014
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[7/4/2014] Injury Report: Toru Hosokawa (Softbank), Michel Abreu (Nippon Ham)

by on Jul.05, 2014 @ 4:20 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Toru Hosokawa hurt the back of his right thigh during his at bat in the top of the 3rd inning.  He was replaced on defense in the bottom-half of the inning.  The injury does not appear to be serious. Source: Sponichi 7/4/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Yoshitomo Tani (right shoulder) played in a Ni-gun game against Hanshin on Friday.  He was the starting designated hitter and batted third.  He went 1-for-3 with an RBI.  It was his first game since June 12. Source: Sports Hochi 7/4/2014, Nikkan Sports 7/4/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Michel Abreu (back) could return to Japan some time during the All-Star break. Source: Daily Sports 7/4/2014
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[4/13/2014] Injury Report: Yoshitomo Tani, Yoshio Itoi (ORI), Atsunori Inaba (HAM)

by on Apr.13, 2014 @ 11:53 pm, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Shinya Azuhata played in an Ikusei game against Tokyo Gas on Saturday.  He was involved in a collision play at home plate in the 5th inning and struck his head hard.  He was carried off the field on a stretcher and taken to the hospital in an ambulance.  He was conscious.  Tests at the hospital did not reveal any problems in the head.  Azuhata told reporters he was fine when he returned to the team dormitory after the game.  Source: Daily Sports 4/13/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Kenta Maeda felt some tightness in his right elbow before his start on Saturday.  He pitched because he thought he would okay.  He pulled himself out of the game as soon as he felt he could no longer be effective.  The injury does not appear to be serious.  The Carp are planning to take things one day at a time.  Source: Daily Sports 4/13/2014 ... Maeda will get treatment and Hiroshima will check to see how he is doing over the next two to three days.  There is a good he will miss his next start on the 19th against Yokohama at Yokohama.  Source: Sponichi 4/13/2014 ... Hiroshima's chief trainer told reporters that inflammations generally get better after three to four days.  Source: Sponichi 4/13/2014 ... "I do not think it is a major injury," said Kenjiro Nomura.  "We will see how he is feeling today and tomorrow.  He said it was feeling better than yesterday, but things could change tomorrow."  Source: Nikkan Sports 4/13/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Tony Blanco did not play on Saturday because of discomfort in the back of his left thigh.  Source: Daily Sports 4/13/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Yoshitomo Tani took a thrown ball (at close range) off his head while running the bases in the 8th inning of Sunday's game against the Softbank Hawks.  He was taken to the hospital in an ambulance after the game.  Source: Sports Hochi 4/13/2014
  • Yoshio Itoi left Sunday's game on defense in the bottom of the 2nd because of discomfort in his right side -- he felt something when he swung the bat during his trip to the plate in the 1st inning.  It could be connected to the injury he suffered during spring camp.  He left the stadium before the end of the game and got treatment at the team hotel.  Source: Sports Hochi 4/13/2014, Sponichi 4/13/2014, Nikkan Sports 4/13/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

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[3/20/2014] PL Injury Report: Naoya Masuda (Lotte), Wily Mo Pena (Orix), Shota Ono (Nippon Ham)

by on Mar.20, 2014 @ 11:55 pm, under NPB
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Seibu Lions

  • Takeya Nakamura (left side) did not swing at any of the five pitches he saw when he struck out looking in his first, and only, at bat on Wednesday.  Source: Sponichi 3/20/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Naoya Masuda may not be ready for opening day because of discomfort in his right elbow.  He has not pitched since the 9th and will continue his workouts at Ni-gun.  Takashi Ogino (right knee) will also be sent down to Ni-gun.  Source: Sponichi 3/20/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Wily Mo Pena (right side) participated in Ichi-gun practices on Thursday.  He is expected to play in Friday's exhibition game against Hanshin at Kyocera Dome.  Yoshitomo Tani (left foot) will join the Ichi-gun team on Friday.  Source: Sponichi 3/20/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shota Ono (left ankle sprain) played in a Ni-gun rehab game against Seibu on Wednesday.  He was the starting catcher and batted second.  He went 0-for-2: 2B8/9, BB.  This was his first game since he sprained his ankle while running the bases against Lotte on February 20.  He is still having a little trouble running, but has not given up on the possibility of making the opening day roster.  Source: Sports Hochi 3/20/2014 ... Ono is slated to rejoin the Ichi-gun team on Friday.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/20/2014
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[3/16/2014] PL Injury Updates: Toshiaki Imae, Takashi Ogino (Lotte)

by on Mar.16, 2014 @ 11:43 pm, under NPB
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Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Toshiaki Imae was examined at a hospital in Tokyo and diagnosed with an inflammation in his left calf.  He will require five to ten days for a full recovery.  He will begin his rehab at Ni-gun.  Shota Omine will be called up to take his place.  Source: Sponichi 3/16/2014, Sports Hochi 3/16/2014
  • Takashi Ogino got an MRI on his right knee on Saturday.  There was fluid build-up in the knee and no problems with the meniscus.  Source: Sanspo 3/16/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Kenichi Nakata was pulled from Saturday's game against the Giants as a precaution after he started feeling tightness in the back of his right thigh.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/16/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Yoshio Itoi (right side) rejoined the Ichi-gun team on Sunday.  He hit five over the fence during pre-game batting practice and could play in games against Chunichi at Nagoya Dome on the 18th and 19th.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/16/2014
  • Yoshitomo Tani (left foot) is set to join to the Ichi-gun roster on the 21st.  Source: Sponichi 3/16/2014
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[3/8/2014] Injury Updates: Mauro Gomez (Hanshin), Takeya Nakamura (Seibu)

by on Mar.09, 2014 @ 2:58 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Mauro Gomez (right knee) spent about thirteen minutes taking indoor batting practice on Friday.  His outdoor workouts included running and playing catch.  He will continue his rehab/workouts at Naruohama for the time being.  Yutaka Wada is planning to check on Gomez at some point over the next week.  Source: Sponichi 3/8/2014, Nikkan Sports 3/8/2014 ,,, Gomez worked out at Naruohama on Saturday.  He took indoor batting practice and told reporters he swung the bat at eighty percent strength.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/8/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Takeya Nakamura (left side) might be okay for opening day.  He resumed soft-toss batting practice on the 6th and could begin playing in exhibition games beginning on the 18th against Yomiuri.  He could also play in some Ni-gun games.  Source: Sponichi 3/8/2014, Sports Hochi 3/8/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Teppei felt some discomfort in his left thigh while playing defense in the 2nd inning of Friday's exhibition game against Yomiuri.  He was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the inning as a precaution.  He is considered day-to-day.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/8/2014
  • Yoshitomo Tani (left foot) re-joined regular Ni-gun workouts on Friday.  He swung the bat at sixty to seventy percent strength and took grounders hit directly at him during fielding practice.  He told reporters he should be fine for opening day.  Source: Daily Sports 3/8/2014
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[12/10/2013] Orix Buffaloes come to terms with Yoshitomo Tani

by on Dec.10, 2013 @ 6:21 pm, under NPB
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The Orix Buffaloes announced today that they signed veteran outfielder Yoshitomo Tani (40).  A press conference is scheduled for the 26th.

Tani began his professional career with Orix when he was selected in the second round of the 1996 draft.  He was with the organization until he was shipped off to the Yomiuri Giants in a two-for-one trade (Takashi Kamoshida and Masahiro Nagata for Tani).

Source: Daily Sports 12/10/2013, Sponichi 12/10/2013

[UPDATE @ 9:42pm]

According to Sanspo, the two sides agreed on a one-year deal worth thirty million yen plus incentives.

Source: Sanspo 12/10/2013

[UPDATE 12/11 @ 3:23pm]

Tani will most likely be assigned the number ten (the number he originally wore).

Source: Sports Hochi 12/11/2013

[UPDATE 12/26 @ 4:19pm]

The Buffaloes held a press conference at Hotto Motto Kobe today to introduce Tani.  He was assigned the number ten.

Source: Daily Sports 12/26/2013

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[11/4/2013] Yomiuri Giants Senryokugai: Yoshitomo Tani, Takayuki Takaguchi

by on Nov.04, 2013 @ 4:13 pm, under NPB
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The Giants announced that they will not offer Yoshitomo Tani (40) and Takayuki Takaguchi (30) contracts for the 2014 season.  They have also released Ko Takahashi (20).

The Giants are expected to resign Takahashi as an Ikusei player.  Tani still wants to play and will look for opportunities with other teams.

Source: official announcement, Sanspo 11/4/2013, Sanspo 11/4/2013

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