Monday, July 18, 2016

Former Red Sox Relief Pitcher Hideki Okajima Retires

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Former Red Sox relief pitcher Hideki Okajima announced his retirement from baseball today. The 40-year-old lefty was part of the '07 World Series Champion team and hurled for Boston between 2007 and 2011. It was also announced that Okajima will throw out the first pitch before the August 11th game at Fenway against The Evil Ones. In his time in Carmine Hose, Okajima went 17-8 with a 3.11 ERA. 'Oki' had a Spring Training invitation from the Orioles this year, but things did not pan out for him. In addition to his time in MLB, he also pitched for four different teams in Nippon Professional Baseball—including the Yokohama BayStars and the Yomiuri Giants. Red Sox fans loved Okajima's eponymous walk-on music whenever he entered games at Fenway. We wish Oki the best!