It was short, but Yamaguchi Shun, who ate together with Ryu Hyun-jin of the Toronto Blue Jays, decided to retire from active duty. This is because, despite waiting for several months, the team that wanted to sign him did not appear.
Japan’s Kyodo News reported on the 29th (Korean time), “Former Yomiuri Giants Yamaguchi Shun has decided to retire from active duty.”
Yamaguchi started his professional career after being drafted by the Yokohama Baystars in the first round of the 2005 draft. At the beginning of his debut, he did not show impressive performance, but in 2008 he made some progress as a bullpen pitcher and succeeded in establishing himself as a key resource in 2009.
Yamaguchi marked 5 wins, 4 losses, 7 holds, 18 saves, and an ERA of 3.27 in 51 games in 2009. The following year, in 54 games, he went 2 wins, 8 losses, 2 holds, 30 saves, and an ERA of 2.62. He spent his prime in the bullpen with 34 saves and an ERA of 2.49.
Yamaguchi, who had been active as a bullpen agent all the time, switched positions as a starter in 2014 and walked the path of victory again. Yamaguchi went 8-5 with an ERA of 2.90 in 33 games (3 complete games) in 2014, and 112-5 with an ERA of 2.86 in 19 games in the 2016 season, winning his first double-digit victory.
After the 2016 season, Yamaguchi, who qualified as a free agent (FA), moved to the Yomiuri Giants. Back ‘posting system’
Yamaguchi succeeded in signing a two-year, $6.35 million (approximately 8.2 billion won) contract with Toronto, fulfilling his dream of entering the big leagues. But his major league walls were high. Yamaguchi was unable to survive the starting competition and moved around the bullpen, and appeared in 17 games in the first season of his debut and performed very poorly with 2 wins and 4 losses with an ERA of 8.06. As a result, he suffered the pain of being removed from the 40-man roster after the season.
After that, Yamaguchi moved to the San Francisco Giants, but it was not easy to step on the big league stage again. Yamaguchi, who could no longer continue his career as a player in the United States, chose to return to Yomiuri, his ‘parent’. However, he started 15 games and went 2-8 with an ERA of 3.56, falling short of expectations, and was released in October of last year.
Even after breaking up with Yomiuri, Yamaguchi prepared for the 2023 season by building his body to continue his active life, but in the end, the team hoping to recruit him did not appear, and he decided to take off his uniform. ‘Kyodo News’ added, “He aimed to continue playing as a professional player, but no team reached out to him and gave up his active life.” 온라인바카라
Yamaguchi challenged to advance to the major leagues to achieve his dream. However, a series of disappointing appearances eventually put an end to his active life.