Forty-one-year-old Masahiro Araki held a press conference at Nagoya Dome earlier today and formally announced his decision to retire.
- He first started thinking this might be his last year when he started the season at Ni-gun. The idea grew stronger over time.
- He feels like he was able to do everything he wanted to over his twenty-three year career.
- He never thought he was good enough to play at the professional level and still feels the same way. This could be what kept him going for so long.
- He always gave it his all because he felt that was the only way he could compete at the professional level.
- Practice made him the player he was/is.
- He views his former double-player partner (Hirokazu Ibata) as a good rival and motivator. He may not have had a career without him.
- He takes pride in his stolen bases.
- He has no regrets, other than perhaps retiring when the team is not doing well.
- He wants to be in the starting line-up for the last game of his career. He also wants to steal a base.
Source: Chunichi 10/6/2018