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BASEBALL | SoftBank Hawks Ace Kodai Senga to Pursue Career in MLB

After waiting for years, the hard-throwing right-hander, who has an 87-44 career record, is eligible to make a move to MLB as a free agent.

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Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks hurler Kodai Senga fires a pitch in Game 3 of the Central League Climax Series Final Stage on October 14 in Osaka. (ⒸSANKEI)

This article first appeared on SportsLook, JAPAN Forward's dedicated sports website.

Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks ace Kodai Senga, one of Japan’s best pitchers, says he will exercise his rights to file for free agency in order to play in Major League Baseball next season.

The hard-throwing right-hander went 11-6 this season for the Hawks with a 1.94 ERA with 156 strikeouts and 49 walks in 22 games.

He earned the win in Game 3 of the Pacific League Climax Series Final Stage against the Orix Buffaloes on Friday, October 14 before the Hawks were eliminated from the postseason on Saturday.

Once the Hawks were eliminated, Senga, 29, made his intentions clear.

“I’ve been saying I want to go for the past six years,” Senga said after the Hawks were eliminated. “And nothing has changed now so I will definitely file for free agency.”

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Author: Jim Armstrong

The author is a longtime journalist who has covered sports in Japan for over 25 years. You can find his articles here.

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