Former Mets lefty Takahashi unveiled by Hiroshima

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HIROSHIMA, Dec. 22 (18:18) Kyodo

Left-hander Ken Takahashi, who was released by the New York Mets
at the end of the 2009 season and will rejoin the Hiroshima Carp,
said Tuesday he hopes to show that his foray into the majors was no

The 40-year-old made the comments in an unveiling ceremony at a
press conference at Mazda Stadium after agreeing to a salary of 25
million yen, plus performance incentives.

''I want to contribute to us winning. I want to be able to say
that my going to the majors wasn't a mistake,'' Takahashi said.

Takahashi became a free agent during the 2008 offseason with an
eye on playing in the major leagues.

On May 2, 2009, he became the oldest Japanese player to make his
major league debut at 40 and had 28 relief appearances for the Mets
while posting a 2.96 ERA.

Takahashi spent all of his previous 14-year career in Japan with
Hiroshima, going 66-87 with five saves and a 4.23 ERA. He will be the
oldest member of the Carp in 2010.

''I feel like a rookie for the second year in a row. I'd like to
get double-digit wins if I'm a starter and be part of a winning
equation if I pitch in relief. My hope is to lead us to a
championship,'' Takahashi said.

He had initially hoped to continue playing in the United States
after returning to Japan in October but said he did not want to wait
out a minor league contract with no guarantee of success.

''If I had waited I might have gotten an offer, but last year
talks did not go that smoothly. I wanted to have a clear idea before
the year is out,'' Takahashi explained.

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