Tadahito Iguchi of the Marines retired today. I'll be doing a post on his career soon but I wanted to do a quick post to highlight something my friend Hiro pointed out on Facebook & Twitter - that Iguchi's the third star Lotte player to wear uniform number 6. The first player Hiro mentioned was Hiromitsu Ochiai, who wore the number between 1979 and 1986 (when he was traded to the Dragons). The next player was Kiyoshi Hatsushiba, who switched to #6 from #0 in 1994 (after Seiji Kamikawa who had worn the number after being acquired from Chunichi for Ochiai retired) and wore it until he retired after the 2005 season. No Marine wore the number after that until Iguchi took it when he joined the team in 2009.
Here are cards of the three players that highlight the uniform number: