Twenty-eight-year-old Atsushi Kita told the media on November 24 that he is planning to retire. He thanked the fans that supported him over the years, despite having a disappointing career.
Kita was drafted by Yokohama out of Komatsu Kogyo High School in 2006. He was traded twice after that: to Nippon Ham for Kenji Tsuchiya in November 2012 and to Yomiuri in a package with Toshiyuki Yanuki for Kenji Yano and Hideki Sunaga in June 2015. He went 23-for-93 with a slash line of .247/.330/.333 in fifty-six Ichi-gun games over his career.