[9/1/2016] Saburo formally announces decision to retire

Saburo held a press conference at QVC Marine Field on September 1 to formally announce his decision to retire.

Some notes from various sources:

  • Age played into his decision to retire. But the biggest reason was not being able to contribute at the Ichi-gun level.
  • His greatest memory was the Nippon Series championship in 2005.
  • He was grateful when fan accepted him when he returned after spending some time with the Yomiuri Giants.
  • His goal was to play until he was forty and in that sense, he has no regrets. He is thankful to the organization for allowing him to reach his goal.
  • He contacted Lotte on October 29 about his decision.
  • He felt bad his two sons had to learn about his decision while watching the news. He wanted to tell them, but could not because he knew they would cry.
  • He spent a Lotte of time this year giving younger players advice.
  • He has not thought about what he wants to do after retirement. He is open to taking a job in the organization.

The Chiba Lotte Marines are planning to hold a retirement ceremony for Saburo on September 25.

Source: Lotte announcementDaily Sports 9/1/2016Sponichi 9/1/2016, Sponichi 9/1/2016Nikkan Sports 9/1/2016, Nikkan Sports 9/1/2016, Nikkan Sports 9/1/2016

[UPDATE 9/25 @ 10:33pm]

Saburo was tossed into the air ten times during his retirement ceremony after an Orix game at QVC Marine earlier today.

Box Score

Source: Daily Sports 9/25/2016

Career Stats

Year Team G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI SO BB IBB HBP SH SF SB CS DP E AVG OBP SLG OPS
1995 Lotte 28 61 48 4 9 2 0 0 11 2 17 11 0 0 1 1 3 4 0 0 .188 .333 .229 .563
1996 Lotte 9 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000
1997 Lotte 33 32 28 2 5 2 0 0 7 1 8 2 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 .179 .233 .250 .483
1998 Lotte 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
1999 Lotte 108 156 130 26 30 9 0 0 39 8 27 12 1 2 12 0 1 5 0 2 .231 .306 .300 .606
2000 Lotte 95 314 263 42 71 13 1 5 101 23 41 35 0 0 15 1 8 2 4 2 .270 .355 .384 .739
2001 Lotte 108 284 240 37 55 12 1 1 72 25 45 23 0 1 17 3 9 7 8 5 .229 .296 .300 .596
2002 Lotte 131 512 441 67 126 33 2 9 190 43 93 36 0 9 20 6 13 1 4 3 .286 .348 .431 .778
2003 Lotte 80 333 286 44 78 23 1 10 133 46 66 24 1 6 13 4 4 7 2 0 .273 .338 .465 .803
2004 Lotte 89 295 258 31 66 16 3 5 103 33 54 26 0 4 5 2 2 2 12 0 .256 .331 .399 .730
2005 Lotte 107 394 351 68 110 19 6 14 183 50 77 38 0 1 2 2 6 3 6 1 .313 .380 .521 .901
2006 Lotte 115 344 298 38 65 13 1 9 107 38 84 34 0 2 2 8 6 2 6 0 .218 .295 .359 .654
2007 Lotte 133 528 472 67 127 28 4 7 184 68 105 43 1 4 3 6 13 5 5 5 .269 .331 .390 .721
2008 Lotte 105 390 346 43 100 22 2 6 144 56 70 36 1 4 0 4 6 4 5 4 .289 .359 .416 .775
2009 Lotte 119 489 427 71 134 24 2 22 228 68 121 48 2 1 4 9 4 7 7 2 .314 .377 .534 .911
2010 Lotte 125 513 452 58 118 15 2 19 194 71 118 56 0 2 2 1 2 1 14 1 .261 .344 .429 .774
2011 Lotte 19 78 70 5 19 4 0 2 29 9 13 6 0 2 0 0 0 0 3 1 .271 .346 .414 .760
2011 Yomiuri 48 111 103 10 25 5 0 1 33 9 26 7 0 0 1 0 0 2 2 0 .243 .291 .320 .611
2012 Lotte 137 560 476 52 114 28 0 7 163 52 105 78 1 2 0 4 0 0 12 2 .239 .346 .342 .689
2013 Lotte 73 216 184 17 45 9 0 5 69 24 42 27 0 0 1 4 0 1 6 1 .245 .335 .375 .710
2014 Lotte 81 249 218 18 54 13 0 4 79 25 60 27 0 1 0 3 0 2 6 1 .248 .329 .362 .692
2015 Lotte 36 52 46 2 10 1 0 1 14 4 14 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .217 .308 .304 .612
    1781 5913 5139 703 1362 291 25 127 2084 655 1187 575 7 41 100 58 78 55 103 30 .265 .340 .406 .746

Awards

  • Gold Glove: 2005, 2007
  • Nippon Series Outstanding Player: 2005
  • MVP of the Month: June 2007
  • Inter-league Outstanding Player: 2007
  • Pacific League Climax Series First Stage MVP: 2007
  • All-Star Games: 2002, 2009

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