NPB career saves leader Hitoki Iwase set to retire

Baseball / Japanese Baseball Sep 27, 2018

NPB career saves leader Hitoki Iwase set to retire

Chunichi Dragons left-hander Hitoki Iwase, will retire at the end of the season along with veteran second baseman Masahiro Araki, an informed source said Wednesday. The news comes hours after Chunichi's 2011 Central League MVP Takuya Asao announced this season would also be his last. Iwase, ...

Baseball / Japanese Baseball Jul 7, 2017

Iwase wins first monthly honor in 12 years

The Central League Pitcher of the Month Award continued to be a surprise following Friday's announcement of the Chunichi Dragons' Hitoki Iwase as the winner for June. Selectors generally hand the honor to a starting pitcher with three or more wins, fewer than two losses ...

Dragons complete series sweep of Tigers

Baseball / Japanese Baseball Jun 29, 2017

Dragons complete series sweep of Tigers

Yudai Ono tossed six scoreless innings and three relievers completed a four-hit shutout as the Chunichi Dragons swept the three-game series against the Hanshin Tigers with a 2-0 win on Thursday. Ono (2-5), who earned his belated first win of the year on June 7, ...

Baseball / Japanese Baseball Feb 17, 2015

Iwase cuts short bullpen session

Chunichi Dragons lefty Hitoki Iwase, who has saved more professional games than any other Japanese pitcher, gave up on his second bullpen session of the spring after just 16 pitches on Tuesday. "I didn't get a good feeling when I was throwing. If I keep ...