Hideki Okajima has decided to retire. He thanked fans through a blog update he posted earlier today.
It has been a while.
How is everyone?
I hope everyone is okay, despite the hot weather.
announce my retirement.
Your enthusiastic cheers gave me strength
and I am very grateful for that.
The media also provided me with support
I may have inconvenienced you at times,
but I was able to put together some good memories.
Thank you very much.
All that is left now is the ceremonial first pitch. I will enjoy that!
Okajima is scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before a Yankee-Red Sox game at Fenway on August 11.
Source: Daily Sports 7/18/2016