The Chiba Lotte Marines formally announced today that Takuya Furuya decided to retire after the 2017 season and will begin working for the team beginning in January 2018.
When Furuya was first told he was not a part of Lotte’s plans for the 2018 season, he felt he could still play, but he also received an offer to remain with the organization as a member of their staff. He decided to retire in early November and accepted the team’s offer.
Furuya turned pro after he was selected in the fifth round of the 2005 draft. He pitched in 148 games over his career and made forty-eight starts. He allowed 178 runs (166 earned) on 354 hits, including twenty-eight home runs, over 353.0 innings of work and went 23-15 with fourteen holds, a 4.23 ERA, and a 1.46 WHIP.
Source: Lotte 12/21/2017