Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Takahiro Arai

Back to the posts for retiring players...

Takahiro Arai of the Carp announced his retirement back at the beginning of September.  I'm going to cheat a little here because I'd already done a retrospective post on Arai in mid-2016 when he got his 2000th hit so I'm just going to show some more cards here:

2001 BBM #351

2006 BBM 1st Version #BN13 (Gold Parallel Version)

2007 BBM Draft Story #142

2008 SCM #99

2011 Calbee #OP-08

2016 BBM Carp Autographed Edition #19

2018 Calbee #ES-07
The card showing Arai and Tomoaki Kanemoto commemorates the game on April 12th 2008 in which Kanemoto got his 2000th career hit and Arai got his 1000th.

Arai's brother Ryota retired after last season.  The two of them were teammates with Hanshin from 2011 to 2014.

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