The Chunichi Dragons announced that thirty-seven-year-old Takahito Kudo is retiring. They released the following comment from Kudo.
I managed to have a fulfilling fourteen-year career.
I was senryokugaied and then picked up by the Chunichi Dragons. I never thought I would get to play five more years.
I was not a lifer, but I still have many memories with this team.
I am grateful to the Chunichi Dragons staff and fans.
Thank you for the fourteen years.
Source: Chunichi 10/22/2018