Masahide Kobayashi
45-Year-Old PitcherRP
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$Kobayashi agreed to a contract with the Yomiuri Giants in November of 2009.
PFree Agent  
November 1, 2011
Kobayashi retired Tuesday after recording 234 career saves in Japanese baseball and MLB, the Kyodo news service reports.
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He'll become a coach for the Orix Buffaloes. He played with the with the Cleveland Indians in 2008-09.
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Kobayashi's disappearing act in the second half was quite unwelcome to those who took the draft-day plunge as the right-hander tossed just six innings in the final two months of the season. He was pretty effective in the first half (44.1 innings, 3.05 ERA and five saves), but will need to work on his durability if he's going to be a serious threat to pick up saves in the Cleveland bullpen should anything happen to new closer Kerry Wood.
Kobayashi, 33, a nine-year veteran with Japan's Lotte Marines, has served as the team's closer since 2000, posting 227 saves in his career. In 2007, Kobayashi had a bit of an off year by his standards, posting a 3.61 ERA and 1.370 WHIP while notching 27 saves in 29 opportunities (35:12 K:BB ratio in 47.1 innings, 49 games). Over his four previous seasons, Kobayashi had posted a 3.22 ERA and 1.190 WHIP while averaging seven strikeouts per nine innings. Kobayashi had to go on the DL for two weeks in mid-September for what was reported as pain in his spine. He returned to pitch twice at the end of the regular season, but he saw no action for the Marines in the playoffs, so his health is clearly a question mark. Despite his back woes, Cleveland signed him in the offseason, and he's slated to join the bullpen set-up crew as spring training opens; he's got closer-in-waiting potential if he's healthy.
You can find Kobayahi's Japanese career stats at japanesebaseball.com.
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PFree Agent  
November 27, 2009
Kobayashi has agreed to a contract with the Yomiuri Giants, the Kyodo News Service reports.
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PFree Agent  
July 18, 2009
Kobayashi, who had a 4.66 ERA in 18 games at Triple-A, was released by the Indians.
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PCleveland Indians  
May 17, 2009
Kobayashi has accepted an assignment to Triple-A Columbus, the team's official site reports.
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Masahide Kobayashi: Days Almost Over in Cleveland
PCleveland Indians  
May 16, 2009
The Indians will remove Kobayashi from the 40-man and 25-man rosters Sunday, the team's official site reports.
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PCleveland Indians  
May 7, 2009
Kobayashi was charged with five hits and five runs without recording an out as part of Boston's record-setting 12-run sixth-inning romp against Indians pitching.
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