Japanese pitcher Shunta Oba has decided to hang up his spikes. In an Instagram post, he announced his retirement today.
One may say “who the *beep* is Shunta Oba. Well, The fans of the Dutch hoofdklasse may remember his name as he was part of the two-player deal between Oosterhout Twins and the Ibaraki Astro Planets as part of an agreement between the two clubs that would send players from Japan to the Netherlands and players from the Netherlands to Japan, although the latter has not happened yet.
Part of the agreement was that Oba would stay for the month of May of 2021 and then return to Japan, which happened. But eventually, Oba returned to Oosterhout in the course of the season.
With Oosterhout Twins, Shunta made eighteen appearances in which he posted a 4-1 record with four saves and an ERA 0f 2.52. He also struck out thirty-seven batters in 35.2 innings pitched.
During his student years, he earned a contract with the Astro Planets after he won a relegation game for his team. According to his Instagram post, he will never break the bond he has with baseball because he loves the game too much. But despite his love for the game, he decided to call it quits.
For sure he will be a player from Japan that won’t be seen in the ranks of Oosterhout Twins again. Too bad as he was a reliable pitcher.