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.
[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