Deaf pitcher transferred to third team in Hokkaido in April

Pitcher Yuya Ishii (right) shakes hands
with the head coach.

A born-deaf Yuya Ishii (28) was transferred from the Yokohama Bay Starts team to the Nippon Meat Packers team in Hokkaido by the exchange trading with other pitcher.

An interview with Yuya was held in the Sapporo Dome on April 3. Yuya in the uniform with number 27 on the back said, "I will concentrate on each ball when to throw to contribute to the team".

Yuya, who started playing the baseball when he was a second grader, usually puts hearing aids on. The Nippon Meat Packers team will be his third team since he joined the Chunichi Dragons team in 2004.

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