[1/24/2019] Kazuya Fukuura planning to retire at the end of the season

The media is reporting that forty-three-year-old Kazuya Fukuura is planning to retire at the end of the season. Fukuura told Nikkan Sports in an interview that his body was no longer as resilient as it once was and that he did not want to play while holding back out of fear of getting hurt. The veteran also said that if he really felt he could still play full-time, he probably never would have accepted the added responsibility of being a Ni-gun hitting coach this season.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/24/2019, Nikkan Sports 1/24/2019 (interview 1), Nikkan Sports 1/24/2019 (interview 2), Daily Sports 1/24/2019, Sponichi 1/24/2019

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