The Yokohama Bay Stars announced that thirty-six-year-old Hiroyasu Tanaka will be retiring this year. They released the following statement from Tanaka:
I will be retiring at the end of the season. I had a fourteen-year professional career after joining the Yakult Swallows. I spent the last two years with the Yokohama Bay Stars. They allowed me to keep my dream alive. With a new start, I was able to enjoy my days with the younger players. I will also not forget how the team, behind captain Yoshitomo Tsutsugo, welcomed me. To those that supported me over the years, and to the fans that cheered for me, thank you.
Source: Yokohama 10/16/2018