[9/22/2018] Yuya Ishii to retire after the season

The Nippon Ham Fighters announced today that thirty-seven-year-old Yuya Ishii will retire after the season. They also posted the following statement from Ishii:

I am grateful for the opportunity to be a professional baseball player for fourteen years. I learned about mental strength and perseverance through tough practices while playing for the Chunichi Dragons, under people like Hiromitsu Ochiai, Shigekazu Mori, and others.

After the Bay Stars, I became a members of the Fighters. I was impressed by the warm fans. Their cheers became my strength. I am grateful to Hideki Kuriyama because even in difficult jams, he had faith in me and kept playing me. I was lucky to have a lot of great people around me and I was happy to be a member of the Fighters.

Thank you for the fourteen years.

Source: Nippon Ham 9/22/2018, Sanspo 9/22/2018, Daily Sports 9/22/2018, Nippon Ham 9/22/2018

[UPDATE 11/1 @ 3:10pm]

The Fighters are planning to add Ishii to their staff as a batting practice pitcher.

Source: Sponichi 11/1/2018

[UPDATE 11/13 @ 12:27pm]

The Fighters announced that they added Ishii to their staff as a batting practice pitcher.

Source: Nippon Ham 11/12/2018

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