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[Sports Center/Comprehensive Report] Former Yomiuri Giants 35-year-old pitcher Jun Yamaguchi, after becoming a free agent after the season last year, according to the report of "Sports Hono", he admitted that he has no team to want, "my strength is just like that." Yamaguchi Jun rejected the invitation of the Independent League and decided to retire, ending his 17-year professional baseball career, "without tears or regrets."
Jun Yamaguchi was named first by the Yokohama DeNA in the 2005 draft.
He made his debut as a first-team pitcher in 2006 and has been a relief pitcher since 2008.
He had 30 and 34 rescues in 2010 and 2011 respectively. In 2014, he switched to the starters. In 2016, he surrendered 11 wins in a single season and an ERA of 2.86. He moved to the Yomiuri Giants the following year.
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In 2019, Yamaguchi was the Central League pitcher's Triple Crown champion with 15 wins, 188 strikeouts, and a winning percentage of 0.789 in a single season.
After the season, he challenged the major leagues through the entry system, and moved to the Blue Jays for $6.35 million in two years; but Yamaguchi played 17 games in the 2020 season, only surrendered 2 wins and 4 losses, and the defense rate was 8.06.
Before the 2021 season, Yamaguchi was placed on the Designated Transfer List (DFA), and then he signed a minor league contract with the American Giants.
In the middle of the 2021 season, Toshi Yamaguchi left the Giants and returned to the Japanese Giants.
However, he only played one game in the first team last year, and he was not renewed after the season and became a free agent.
Toshi Yamaguchi once pitched a no-hitter in 2018. He has played 443 games in Japan in his career, with a total of 66 wins and 66 losses, 112 successful rescues, and an average ERA of 3.36.