[9/26/2016] Ryosuke Morioka to retire

The Yakult Swallows announced today that thirty-two-year-old Ryosuke Morioka will be retiring.

Morioka was selected by the Chunichi Dragons in the first round of the 2002 draft. He was released in 2008 and picked up by Yakult after attending a tryout. He was the Swallows’ player representative chairman in 2014 and 2015.

Source: Yakult announcementSponichi 9/26/2016

[UPDATE 9/27 @ 4:16pm]

The Swallows are planning to hold a retirement ceremony for Morioka on September 28 against Yokohama at Jingu Stadium.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/27/2016

[UPDATE 9/29 @ 1:18am]

The Swallows tossed Morioka into the air ten times during his retirement celebration after Wednesday night’s game against the Yokohama Bay Stars.

Source: Sponichi 9/28/2016

[UPDATE 12/4 @ 11:34pm]

Morioka suddenly had a hard time throwing the ball in late-August. He even had difficulty playing a simple game of catch. It became one of the reasons why he decided to retire.

Source: Sponichi 12/4/2016

Leave a Reply

NPB Standings [Full]
G W L T
Hiroshima 24 15 8 1
Hanshin 21 12 9 0
Yomiuri 22 12 10 0
Yokohama 22 9 11 2
Chunichi 23 8 12 3
Yakult 22 8 14 0
G W L T
Rakuten 19 15 4 0
Orix 20 14 6 0
Seibu 20 11 9 0
Softbank 23 12 11 0
Lotte 21 6 15 0
Nippon Ham 23 5 18 0
Don't forget to check these out!