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Masahide Kobayashi | Relief Pitcher

Team: Cleveland Indians
Age / DOB:  (43) / 5/24/1974
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 195
Bats / Throws: Right / Right

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Masa Kobayashi has inked a deal with the Yomiuri Giants in Japan.
Kobayashi, now 35, was released by the Indians in late July of 2009 after posting an 8.38 ERA and 1.66 WHIP in 9 2/3 innings of relief. He had a 5.10 ERA during his disappointing two-year tenure in Cleveland. Tue, Dec 1, 2009 10:33:00 AM
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Indians released RHP Masa Kobayashi.

Signed to a two-year, $6.25 million deal in the winter of 2007, Kobayashi posted a 5.10 ERA and 5.4 K/9 in 65.3 innings during his career with the Tribe. He indicated to the media Sunday that he'll continue working out in the United States in search of a deal with another organization.
Mon, Jul 20, 2009 10:21:00 AM

Indians outrighted RHP Masa Kobayashi to Triple-A Columbus.

Kobayashi has been off to an awful start but wants to remain in the majors rather than return to Japan. With the Indians' bullpen in major flux, he made the right choice in sticking around.
Sun, May 17, 2009 11:11:00 AM

According to's Anthony Castrovince, the Indians will remove Masa Kobayashi from their 40-man roster on Sunday.

The Indians need to clear roster space for Sunday's starter, David Huff. Kobayashi can either accept an assignment to Triple-A Columbus or opt for free agency. The way things have gone in Cleveland, we wouldn't be surprised to see him leave town. The 34-year-old had an 8.38 ERA and 1.66 WHIP in 9 2/3 innings this season.
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Sat, May 16, 2009 08:48:00 PM

Masa Kobayashi gave up five runs in his inning of relief against the Mariners on Wednesday.

The Indians have gotten rid of the competition, so Kobayashi is probably on the team, even though he struggled in the second half of last season and hasn't impressed with a 12.27 ERA this spring. If he does get cut, then Matt Herges would likely take his spot.
Wed, Apr 1, 2009 07:48:00 PM

Asked Monday about Masa Kobayashi's status, general manager Mark Shapiro said: "When the games start counting, he's going to have to pitch better than he has out here."

Reacting to Kobayashi's ineffectiveness and Adam Miller's career-threatening finger injury, Shapiro has been looking to acquire bullpen help. On the plus side, Shapiro is happy with the way that Kerry Wood and Vinnie Chulk have pitched this spring.
Tue, Mar 24, 2009 12:41:00 PM

Manager Eric Wedge said the Indians will limit Masa Kobayashi's workload down the stretch.

Wedge said he thinks "it will help next year." "We want him to finish the season strong," Wedge said. "We want him to feel good physically." Kobayashi is 4-5 with a 4.27 ERA in 54 games this season but has struggled recently.
Mon, Sep 1, 2008 08:37:00 PM

After being held out of another save opportunity, Masa Kobayashi replaced Edward Mujica in a tie game on Wednesday and gave up a three-run homer to take a loss.

More bizarre bullpen usage from Eric Wedge. Maybe he doesn't have much to lose by experimenting at this point, but his choices are having an effect on the pennant races. Today, he brought in Mujica to try and close out a three-run lead. Mujica faced just three batters and allowed two doubles and a homer. Kobayashi, who hadn't pitched since Thursday, took over then and gave up an infield single, a walk and then Carlos Pena's walkoff homer. Rafael Perez, the Indians' best reliever, pitched scoreless seventh and eighth innings in the contest. Perez figures to get more save opportunities now, but the Indians probably won't use him exclusively as a closer when he's so valuable working multiple innings. Kobayashi is still their best option in three-run games in the ninth.
Wed, Aug 6, 2008 04:22:00 PM

Masahide Kobayashi put himself in line for a loss on Wednesday after giving up a run to the Tigers, but Kelly Shoppach let him off the hook.

Rafael Perez pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings after coming in during the sixth, taking the Indians up to the eighth. Edward Mujica then came in with a four-run lead and promptly blew the whole thing. Kobayashi relieved him with two outs and stranded the go-ahead run on third. However, he gave up Placido Polanco's go-ahead sac fly after walking two in the ninth. The Indians came back to tie it, but Kobayashi's latest misstep could cost him save opportunities to Perez going forward.
Thu, Jul 31, 2008 01:06:00 AM

Manager Eric Wedge said Tuesday that the Indians will "play it by ear" in the ninth inning rather than designating an official closer.

"We're going to keep mixing and matching with it," Wedge said. "Depending on where I feel we are and where I feel the guys down there are. There may be three or four guys I use to close down there. The same thing with setting up." Masa Kobayashi has six saves in eight chances, but an ugly appearance Friday appears to have caused Wedge to lose all confidence in him.
Wed, Jul 30, 2008 10:15:00 AM

Masa Kobayashi was pulled after giving up two runs in the ninth Friday against the Twins, enabling Rafael Perez to pick up his first save.

After entering a 5-2 game, Kobayashi allowed a single, a homer and a double to the only three hitters he faced. Perez came in with the tying run on second and retired all three batters he faced. Kobayashi has blown just one save as a closer, that coming on May 17 (his other came as a setup man), and he's been pretty solid all year long. Perez might be the superior pitcher, but we imagine Kobayashi will keep the job for now.
Fri, Jul 25, 2008 10:58:00 PM

Masa Kobayashi was given a chance to close out Saturday's game, but gave up Adam Dunn's walkoff three-run homer to take the loss.

After entering a one-run game, Kobayashi gave up a single and hit a batter before the home run. It looked like he was the heavy favorite for saves with Rafael Betancourt's demotion, but after this one, it's anyone's guess who will get the next. With Joe Borowski due back as soon as Friday, it might not matter very much at this point.
Sat, May 17, 2008 10:20:00 PM

Masahide Kobayashi earned his first major-league save on Tuesday night in a win over the A's.

Kobayashi entered with two outs in the eighth inning with the Indians leading 1-0. He got the last out, and then got some breathing room for the ninth after Ryan Garko's three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth put Cleveland ahead 4-0. He holds a 1.93 ERA for the season.
Tue, May 13, 2008 10:08:00 PM

Masahide Kobayashi's two-year deal with the Indians is worth $6.25 million and contains a $3.25 million option for 2010.

There's a $250,000 buyout attached to the option. This looks like quite a bargain for Cleveland. Worse bets than Kobayashi will get three-year, $12 million contracts this winter. One already has.
Tue, Nov 20, 2007 08:49:00 PM

Indians signed RHP Masahide Kobayashi to a two-year contract with a club option for 2010.

Kobayashi, 33, saved 227 games in Japan. He's coming off one of his worst seasons, but he had a 2.95 ERA and 116/29 K/BB ratio in 146 1/3 IP over the last three season. With an 88-91 mph fastball and a quality splitter, he has a chance to be a very good setup man for the Indians. He'll likely join Rafael Betancourt and Rafael Perez in working the seventh and eighth innings in front of Joe Borowski.
Tue, Nov 20, 2007 03:34:00 PM

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