Last week, over at the mighty fine (Japanese language) Carp Blog, I learned that veteran righty Masaki Hayashi is calling it a career. Hiroshima released (via senryokugai) Hayashi after the season, and decided to retire after failing to draw any interest with his participation at an offseason tryout.
Hayashi spent his 11-season career in Hiroshima's bullpen, and while he was never dominant or even really consistently effective, he did have one distinguishing trait: a great slider with big, late movement.
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Hayashi could run his fastball up into the 147-148 kmph range in his earlier years, so he had pretty good stuff. It didn't quite translate to NPB dominance, but he was fun to watch. According to the Carp Blog, he'll take a position the Carp's front office.