It was revealed on the 19th that giant Hisashi Iwakuma (39) will retire from active duty only this season.
After joining Kintetsu in 5th place in the draft in 1999, he transferred to Rakuten in 2005. Since 2012, he has won a total of 63 wins in the Mariners of the Major League Baseball.
Marked 170 wins in Japan and the United States. After returning to Japan, he aimed for a revival victory as a giant, but he could not overcome his right shoulder pain and decided to take off his uniform.
Looking back on the trajectory of Iwakuma with photographs.
◆ Hisashi Iwakuma Born in Tokyo on April 12, 1981 (Showa 56). Joined Kintetsu in 1999 from Horikoshi in 5th place in the draft. 2004 Most wins, highest win rate, best nine. Immediately after transferring to Orix in a distribution draft in the same year, he transferred to Rakuten in a monetary trade. In 2008, he won 21 wins and won the MVP and Sawamura Awards in addition to the triple crown of pitchers. Aiming to transfer to the major leagues with a bidding system 10 years off, but remains due to negotiations breaking down. Transferred to Mariners in FA in 11 years off. No hits and no points in 2015. In 2018, he was a major player and had no chance to pitch, so he transferred to a giant off the same year. This season’s estimated annual salary is 20 million yen. 190 cm, 95 kg. Right-handed right-handed.