[9/15/2017] Yuji Iiyama planning to retire

Thirty-eight-year-old Yuji Iiyama is planning to retire after the season.

Iiyama hurt his left biceps femoris before opening day and started the season at Ni-gun. He made it to Ichi-gun on August 9, but when the team was eliminated from a first place finish, the Nippon Ham Fighters started giving younger players more playing time. Iiyama has been at Ni-gun ever since he was taken off the active roster on September 1.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/15/2017, Sanspo 9/15/2017

[UPDATE 9/15 @ 9:06pm]

The Fighters held a press conference for Iiyama at their office in Toyohira-ku, Sapporo.

  • A retirement ceremony is scheduled on October 3 (vs Orix at Sapporo Dome).
  • The biggest reason why he decided to retire was the injury. The injury kept him from playing at Ichi-gun this year and inconvenienced the organization.
  • He first told his dad about his decision.
  • The time he remembers the most is his first game at Sapporo Dome.
  • The season he remembers most is 2006.
  • He cannot imaging playing for another team.
  • At the time of the press conference, he had not yet told his teammates about his decision.

Source: Nippon Ham 9/15/2017, Nikkan Sports 9/15/2017

[UPDATE 10/3 @ 11:20pm]

Iiyama played in his retirement game on October 3 against Orix at Sapporo Dome. He entered the game as a defensive replacement at short in the eighth inning and helped turn a double play. During his at bat in the bottom-half of the inning, he flied out to left.

After the game, teammates tossed Iiyama into the air seven times.

Source: Daily Sports 10/3/2017

[UPDATE 10/10 @ 1:50pm]

The media learned on October 9 that Iiyama is planning to remain in the organization as a Ni-gun infield/base coach.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/10/2017

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