The Yokohama Bay Stars announced today that Taketoshi Goto will retire after the current season.
I joined the Lions in 2002, became a member of the Bay Stars in 2012, and for sixteen years received a lot of support. Thank you.
I am very sorry that this personal announcement comes at a time when the team is fighting for a chance to make the Climax Series. The biggest reason why I decided to retire is because my body is no longer responding in the way that I want it to and I am no longer feeling satisfied with my hitting. I feel I have done all that I can because I don’t feel like there is anything more that I can do and because I have no regrets.
The loud cheering at Yokohama Stadium gave me goosebumps every time I got called in as a pinch-hitter. There is no doubt the DeNA Bay Stars cheering is number one among the twelve NPB teams. Thank you for everything.
Source: Yokohama 9/10/2018
[UPDATE 9/18 @ 4:20pm]
The Bay Stars announced that they will hold a retirement ceremony for Goto after a game against the Chunichi Dragons on September 22 (Saturday).
Source: Yokohama 9/18/2018