Thirty-two-year-old Takehiro Donoue announced that he will be retiring this year. He finalized his decision after he was told by the Yomiuri Giants that they were not going to offer him a contract for 2018.
Donoue visited Giants Stadium in Kawasaki today and told teammates and coaches about his decision. He told reporters he appreciated the extra three years the Giants gave him and was able to make the best of each day. He also told reporters a part of him still wanted to keep playing, but that that decision was not his to make.
The Dragons gave Donoue his start after they selected in the sixth round of the 2003 draft. He was released after the 2014 season and attended the joint tryouts. He managed to sign an Ikusei contract with the Giants in November and made it to the seventy-man roster during spring camp.