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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Hisashi Iwakuma To Retire

The Yomiuri Giants announced yesterday that veteran right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma will retire at the conclusion of the current Nippon Professional Baseball season.  Shoulder problems have kept Iwakuma off the mound in 2020, but he will hang up his glove after a combined 17 seasons of action in NPB and Major League Baseball.

Iwakuma is best known to North American fans for his six-year run with the Mariners from 2012-17.  The righty posted a 3.42 ERA, 3.86 K/BB rate, 47.6% grounder rate, and 7.3 K/9 over 883 2/3 innings at the big league level, starting 136 of 150 games.  Highlights of Iwakuma’s Seattle tenure included an outstanding 2013 season that saw him finish third in AL Cy Young Award voting, and a no-hitter against the Orioles on August 12, 2015.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 20, 2020 at 02:00 PM | 3 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. vortex of dissipation Posted: October 20, 2020 at 03:15 PM (#5984071)
Iwakuma was my favorite Mariner during his tenure here. When he was on, he could be devastating, and watching his no-hitter on TV with my Dad is a cherished memory (my Dad passed away a few months later).
   2. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: October 21, 2020 at 07:58 AM (#5984204)
Sorry for your loss.

The very last conversation I ever had with my dad was about A-Rod. Seriously. (If I ever meet A-Rod, I'll tell him that story.)
   3. Bourbon Samurai stays in the fight Posted: October 21, 2020 at 10:24 AM (#5984230)
Very good pitcher. Fantasy baseball underrated him because he was relatively light on K's.

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