[12/25/2018] Kensuke Tanaka to retire after 2019 season

Thirty-seven-year-old Kensuke Tanaka spoke to the media today after meeting the Nippon Ham Fighters to finalize his contract for the 2019 season and announced his plan to retire after the season. He told reporters that he decided to make the announcement early because he wanted to make it easier on everyone. The Fighters asked him to reconsider because he might feel differently later on, but his mind was set: there was a growing gap between what he thought he could do and what he could actually do.

Source: Nippon Ham 12/25/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/25/2018, Daily Sports 12/25/2018

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