【⚾️ NPB X KAISPO 💫】No.32
⭐️KAISPO Total No. #1019 (in English）
Kenji Jojima, who played for the Mariners, joins his old club, the Fukuoka Soft Bank Hawks, Nikkan Sports reported on Tuesday.
The club seems to be considering creating a new post like an advisor to the club or the chairman.
Jojima is 43 years old. He played for former Fukuoka Daiei Hawks (current the Fukuoka Soft Bank Hawks) from 1995 to 2005 and contributed to a victory of the Japan Series in 1999. He, then, got a free agent and transferred to the Seattle Mariners in off-season of 2005 and had played until 2009 when returning to Japan and joining the Hanshin Tigers of NPB. The notable catcher retired in 2012. He made the 2004 Athens Olympics and the 2009 world Baseball Classic appearances. Kenji Jojima had a .296 BA with 244 homers in 14 NPB seasons and a .268 BA with 48 homers in 4 MLB seasons.
Masayoshi Son, an owner of the Hawks, has decided a goal of “being the best team in the world.” Sugihiko Mikasa, a general manager, also said, “We need enough preparation to become stronger as an invincible team.” Acquiring Jojima will be a part of their reinforcement of not only the team, but also the front office to aim for the goal.
I am very interested in how he utilizes his experience in MLB and NPB in teaching.
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